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May 2013

May 2013

Alien Sunset

This dramatic lenticularis cloud formation at sunset over Grangemouth, Scotland, looks like a Sci-Fi poster. The disc shaped forms, hovering over the region’s oil refinery, are caused by winds being forced to rise to pass over the Scottish Highlands and developing a wave-like path in the lee of the mountain peaks. The saucer clouds appear at the crests of these invisible waves of air. Either that, or this is in fact a fleet of spacecraft refuelling before setting off on an assault in some far flung galaxy. You can decide.

Photograph © Alberto Ostacchini.

  • Coral Carter

    June 2, 2013 at 4:19 am

    This is a fabulous composition, industrial straight lines and the soft wave of the lenticularis…good one Alberto

  • Alberto Ostacchini avatar

    June 6, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Thank you for your kind comments. Alberto.

  • prithvi raj

    August 13, 2013 at 6:28 am

    wow, what a sight is it ,a very good work from alberto

  • Richard Jones avatar


    August 19, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    The oil refinery in the foreground give the clouds a dramatic effect ! great photo !

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