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March 2014

March 2014

The Cloudship Incus

This Month’s formation boldly goes where no cloud has gone before. Resembling the Starship Enterprise, it is in fact a dramatic example of a Cumulonimbus incus, photographed over Sao Jose dos Campo, Brazil by Guilherme Touchtenhagen Schild. The incus classification comes from the Latin for a blacksmith’s anvil, because of the way that these huge storm clouds spread out at the top. There are hints of mamma, or mammatus, formations beneath the forground part of the anvil. The beams of light from the low sun, which are known as ‘crespuscular rays‘, spread outwards due to the effects of perspective. A glorious example like this shows just why the Cumulonimbus is known as The King of Clouds.

Photograph © Guilherme Touchtenhagen Schild.

  • Linda Allen

    March 7, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    That has to be the most amazingly beautiful cloud EVER! Not truly convinced there is not a space ship in it though. Lol

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    March 8, 2014 at 4:48 am

    Incredible! Looks like a huge mushroom is going to eat the city below

  • Victor

    March 8, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Bela foto Guilherme!! Realmente uma das melhores fotos suas que já vi.

  • Josildo Oliveira

    March 8, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Belíssima foto Schild !!! Uma das melhores. Merece vários prêmios !!!

  • Guilherme Touchtenhagen Schild

    March 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    E ai gurizada, muito obrigado!

  • Carlos Gurjão

    March 8, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Tchê (Guilherme), this is a really beautyful photo!!

  • José Mauro do Nascimento

    March 9, 2014 at 2:03 am

    Foto cabulosa!!!!!!

  • Ariana Cursino

    March 9, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Parabéns Tchê! Linda Foto!!!

  • Guilherme Touchtenhagen Schild

    March 9, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Mau-mau e Ariana valeu!

  • Guilherme Fernandes

    March 11, 2014 at 4:31 am

    Sinistridade! Foto sensacional…

  • Cristina Bianchi

    March 13, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Bellissima! Che spettacolo!

  • Joan H. Laurino avatar

    Joan H. Laurino

    March 13, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    That does it!! Can’t better than that! This is the reward we get when we look up with a camera and capture such magic!

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    Paul Stover

    March 14, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Is is beautifull and makes me humble. Thank you for sharing!

  • Claude Martin avatar

    MARTIN claude

    March 14, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Fabulous, incredible. Thanks a lot for sharing such a wonderful photo.
    bravo Guilherme.

  • Caroline Teal avatar


    March 14, 2014 at 5:37 pm


  • Gerry Sperry avatar


    March 14, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    The Mother Ship of clouds! Magnificent!

  • Colin

    March 14, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Best anvil I have seen at any time ever – magnifico!

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    Glynis Garbutt

    March 15, 2014 at 2:36 am

    What a beauty, It looks like an oyster mushroom. Wow!

  • Paul Glover avatar

    Paul Glover

    March 15, 2014 at 7:06 am

    How good is that? Descriptive words fail me

  • Annie Queree avatar

    Annie Queree

    March 15, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Absolutely wonderful,Wow! what a truly amazing creation we have been blessed with!

  • Janet McIntyre

    March 15, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Absolutely stunning, dramatic, beautiful! Thank you for capturing this on film and sharing.

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    March 15, 2014 at 12:10 pm


  • Marianne Fox

    March 15, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Glorious – it made my day to see this picture!

  • Shirley Vuille avatar


    March 15, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Ethereal beauty. Absolutely glorious. Thank you

  • Mistyla

    March 17, 2014 at 4:10 am

    Que foto linda! Tive o prazer de admirar essa magnífica nuvem ao chegar em São José dos Campos. Tanto do céu, de dentro de um avião, quanto do solo… uma vista maravilhosa! Incrível!

  • Kate

    March 17, 2014 at 10:20 am


  • Anonymous

    March 18, 2014 at 4:54 am

    How lucky we are to be able to see a picture such as this Thank you Cloud Appreciation

  • Vix

    March 18, 2014 at 10:16 am

    What an amazing cloud formation! Excellent photography as well :)

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    March 18, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Wow….fantastic photo. Thank you

  • Onno de Fouw

    March 20, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Put in perspective: looks a bit threatening and like the Crimea, but this one is all natural beauty. Fantastic shot!

  • Alfons Kuhn avatar


    March 23, 2014 at 10:00 am

    reminds me of Independance day ;-)

  • Guilherme Touchtenhagen Schild

    March 25, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Thank you everyone! I’m verya glad to share this photo with you guys.

    Regards to all!

  • radiometeolibera

    March 25, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Ottima scelta

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