Best of Web // Rae Rodriguez

Best of Web // Rae Rodriguez

Clouds is such an interesting atmospheric phenomenon. They can take many forms and shape, as well as giving off many hues of color when being hit by the right light. This image, captured by Witta Priester, exemplifies all of that. The sunlight coming in from the right side of the image creates shadow and depth, which makes this pleasing to look at. The sunlight also provides hues of orange and purple, which compliments the blue sky on the horizon. These unusual low level clouds are called Asperatus clouds. This particular type of cloud has a vertical structure underneath, which leads to the creation of the layered wave-like flow.

PC: Witta Priester

Citation: “APOD: 2016 April 17 – Asperatus Clouds Over New Zealand.” NASA, NASA,

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  • Bryan Wong
    Sep 28, 2020 13:05

    This is my second choice. I love the depth and the contrast in the clouds. The shape really stands out because of the shadows and highlights.

  • Victoria Rios
    Sep 16, 2020 23:54

    I love clouds so much and this photo captures the essence and beauty of them so dramatically. Number 2 choice for me

  • Aldwin Bretoux
    Sep 16, 2020 20:48

    This is my first choice for the Best of Web, I like how fluffy the clouds look and the smoothness of the curves of the clouds. The picture also gives of a very peaceful vibe because of the colors and the trees on the bottom. The formation of the clouds is also very aesthetically pleasing.

  • Axel Escareno
    Sep 16, 2020 12:44

    This is my first choice for the BOW assignment. I really like how thick the clouds look and how it is shaped. It is very aesthetically pleasing.

  • This is my choice for 1st place in BOW. The aesthetic appeal of the photo matched with the depiction of buoyant fluid dynamics makes this photo the best of all the submissions.

  • Olivia Ward
    Sep 15, 2020 20:20

    This is my third choice for BOW! I love the contrast between light and dark as well as the colors in this image.

  • Hannah Moller
    Sep 15, 2020 19:09

    This is my number two choice for Best of Web. I love how the movement of the clouds and the light play together to make this beautiful moment.

  • Hannah Newton
    Sep 15, 2020 16:36

    This if my number one for best of web. The waves we can see in these clouds are truly awe-inducing. I would love to know more about what conditions create these clouds, they are so interesting.

  • Megan Borfitz
    Sep 14, 2020 15:25

    2nd place for best of web. I really enjoy the composure of this image. Being framed by trees, the image evokes a sense of natural peacefulness, but the vivid colors in the clouds add excitement and wonder. I think the natural aspect of this image and this cloud formation are fantastic. I didn’t know that these kinds of ‘vertical clouds’ existed and they are astounding. I really like that the photographer was able to be in the right place at the right time to capture this picture.

  • Max Kitay
    Sep 14, 2020 13:54

    First Prize for Best of Web for me! I love the various smooth curves found throughout as well as the beautiful hues of pink and grey in the sky. Would have loved to see this in person!


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