Cloud of the Month for December 2012

December 2012

Sunset Bones over Kazakhstan

When Cirrus clouds are arranged like the backbone of a fish, they are given the name ‘vertebratus’. Not only is this a beautiful formation, it is also quite a rare variety of Cirrus, which makes Tim Middleton’s photograph over Kazakhstan particularly impressive. Picked out by the rays of the setting sun, this Cirrus vertebratus seemed a fitting example to be Cloud of the Month for December.

Photograph © Tim Middleton.

18 thoughts on “December 2012”

  1. Finola Devahastin avatar Finola says:

    A beautiful formation

  2. Judith Repas avatar Judith Repas says:

    Gorgeous cloud! Brilliant photo.

  3. Edward Nadalin avatar Edward Nadalin says:


  4. Anne Saunders avatar M.A.Saunders says:

    Absolutely wonderful shot taken from such a good angle. Thank you for sharing this fabulous photo. Hope to see this baby sometime in my neck of the woods.:)

  5. Debbie Murray avatar Debbie Murray says:

    Brilliant photo you have captured this cloud at it’s best

  6. J. Matthew Grocock says:

    Never seen one like that before, absolutely beautiful… :)

  7. Bert Hoebée avatar Bert Hoebée says:

    Now that’s why I’m a cirrus fan..!

  8. Lin Keep avatar Lin Keep says:

    Never seen one like that before !

  9. John Haddington avatar John Haddington says:

    What a wonderful photo!

  10. Mandy T says:

    How dull would our world and landscape be without clouds!

  11. Marjorie Graham avatar M. Graham says:

    So spectacular! I LOVE clouds!

  12. Judy Gordon avatar Judith gordon says:

    I really like this photograph.

  13. Gail says:

    Indeed a wonderful photograph …timing is everything and this spine (as Elizabeth has named it) in the sky is evidence of that. i am guessing taken at dawn.

  14. Elisabeth Eguia avatar Elisabeth says:

    wonderful picture,it´s like a spine, well done Tim. At the right place at the right time. Was it dawn or dusk?

  15. Linda Smith says:

    This is awesome!

  16. Peter Gilbert avatar cheapo says:

    Excellent! I posted an image of a similar formation to this on the forums here about 4 or 5 years ago, just to find out if it had a name. once again I say, excellent. :¬)

  17. Alex Krawzow avatar Alex T Krawzow says:

    How could you imagine something as beautiful as this if Tim had not shown us

  18. Sydney Baxter avatar Sydney Baxter says:

    Excellent photo!

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