Best of Web Spring 20108 – Lea Mattson

Best of Web Spring 20108 – Lea Mattson

Photo Credit: Albert de Nijs

Nacreous, or Mother of Pearl Clouds are comprised of tiny ice crystals and form in the stratosphere. They are mostly found in the polar regions as a temperature around -85 °C is needed for them form. During the day, they look like high cirrus or lenticular clouds, and only become colorful after the sun has set. Once the sun dips a few degrees below the horizon, the ice crystals reflect the light, giving the clouds an iridescent appearance. Once the angle of the sun increases, the clouds become more uniformly colored.

I would not never expect to see clouds like this. It looks like someone painted them into the sky. This image and clouds truly show the beauty of nature.

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  • Feisal Alenezi
    Feb 1, 2018 23:11

    Third place. I liked the overall appearance of this picture and how colorful it is!

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  • Lara Buri
    Jan 30, 2018 20:46

    Second Place. I like how the horizon is still showing but is completely void of detail and color. It really makes the clouds and all of the colors stand out.

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  • Brent Bauer
    Jan 29, 2018 20:00

    Third place. I really like the set up of this picture with the dark timber beneath a sky with such vibrant swirling colors. It creates a really cool effect!

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