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December 2012

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.

  • Sydney Baxter avatar

    Sydney Baxter

    December 3, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Excellent photo!

  • Alex Krawzow avatar

    Alex T Krawzow

    December 5, 2012 at 3:26 am

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

  • Peter Gilbert avatar


    December 6, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    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. :¬)

  • Linda Smith

    December 6, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    This is awesome!

  • Elisabeth Eguia avatar


    December 6, 2012 at 9:10 pm

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

  • Gail

    December 6, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    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.

  • Judy Gordon avatar

    Judith gordon

    December 6, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    I really like this photograph.

  • Marjorie Graham avatar

    M. Graham

    December 7, 2012 at 12:55 am

    So spectacular! I LOVE clouds!

  • Mandy T

    December 7, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    How dull would our world and landscape be without clouds!

  • John Haddington avatar

    John Haddington

    December 9, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    What a wonderful photo!

  • Lin Keep avatar

    Lin Keep

    December 9, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Never seen one like that before !

  • Bert Hoebée avatar

    Bert Hoebée

    December 10, 2012 at 8:49 am

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

  • J. Matthew Grocock

    January 3, 2013 at 12:39 am

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

  • Debbie Murray avatar

    Debbie Murray

    January 3, 2013 at 3:18 pm

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

  • Anne Saunders avatar


    January 25, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    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.:)

  • Edward Nadalin avatar

    Edward Nadalin

    February 2, 2013 at 12:14 pm


  • Judith Repas avatar

    Judith Repas

    February 22, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Gorgeous cloud! Brilliant photo.

  • Finola Devahastin avatar


    January 6, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    A beautiful formation

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