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.
33 thoughts on “March 2014”
Thank you everyone! I’m verya glad to share this photo with you guys.
Regards to all!
reminds me of Independance day ;-)
Put in perspective: looks a bit threatening and like the Crimea, but this one is all natural beauty. Fantastic shot!
Wow….fantastic photo. Thank you
What an amazing cloud formation! Excellent photography as well :)
How lucky we are to be able to see a picture such as this Thank you Cloud Appreciation
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!
Ethereal beauty. Absolutely glorious. Thank you
Glorious – it made my day to see this picture!
Absolutely stunning, dramatic, beautiful! Thank you for capturing this on film and sharing.
Absolutely wonderful,Wow! what a truly amazing creation we have been blessed with!
How good is that? Descriptive words fail me
What a beauty, It looks like an oyster mushroom. Wow!
Best anvil I have seen at any time ever – magnifico!
The Mother Ship of clouds! Magnificent!
Fabulous, incredible. Thanks a lot for sharing such a wonderful photo.
Is is beautifull and makes me humble. Thank you for sharing!
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!
Bellissima! Che spettacolo!
Sinistridade! Foto sensacional…
Mau-mau e Ariana valeu!
Parabéns Tchê! Linda Foto!!!
Tchê (Guilherme), this is a really beautyful photo!!
E ai gurizada, muito obrigado!
Belíssima foto Schild !!! Uma das melhores. Merece vários prêmios !!!
Bela foto Guilherme!! Realmente uma das melhores fotos suas que já vi.
Incredible! Looks like a huge mushroom is going to eat the city below
That has to be the most amazingly beautiful cloud EVER! Not truly convinced there is not a space ship in it though. Lol