Tags archives: stratus

  • Lava Lake Glow on Low Clouds

  • As the evening deepened and stratus clouds lowered over Kilauea caldera's highly active Halemaumau Crater, the lava lake rose, at times splashing distant gobs of fountain lava above the plane of the visible rim.  That was an uncommon sight, and one we were fortunate to witness.  The distinctive orange glow of the lava shone [...]
  • Textured Sky with Asperatus, South Icelandic Coast

  • The wild coastline of Iceland never fails to offer moments of wonder and amazement—just give it a few minutes.  Land, sea and sky all play nicely together here, on an afternoon when most tourists simply saw a solemn sky, and this cloud and sky enthusiast experienced good times.  The sea stacks off Reynisfjara here punctuated a s[...]
  • North Iceland Lenticular Stack

  • From amidst a melange of multilayered clouds, a fine little stack of altocumulus lenticularis peeked to reveal a standing wave.  Although altitudes aren't too high in Iceland—mostly under 5,000 feet except for the very highest peaks—the high latitude ensures strong middle-level winds for much of the year that are suitable fo[...]
  • Godafoss Sunset

  • Though modest in height by Icelandic standards, Godafoss (Waterfall of the Gods) rightfully is renowned as once of Iceland's most inspiring and beautiful.  That's especially true when paired with one of those lengthy sunsets of a high-latitude summertime.  To balance the light for this shot, I employed either a 2- or 3-stop [...]
  • Dynamic Beachfront

  • Wild, remote beaches of the Olympic National Park's seacoast invite amazement and respect at the power of the ocean to effect change through its relentless action.  In some indefinite number of years, these rocks will be pounded down to sand, the log moved up and down the coast and carved into fragments of driftwood, destina[...]
  • Pyrenees Cloud Flow

  • Without looking at any surface observations for the eastern Pyrenees region, winds obviously were northeasterly at and near the surface, except where locally diverted by mountains.  How could I tell?  The highest topography in this area—the ridge zigzagging from foreground to background—is the border between France and Spain[...]
  • Stratus in the Trans-Pecos

  • One scene is not often associated with far southwest Texas:  lush wildflowers and moist, low stratus clouds!  On this pleasantly cool morning, both carpeted this corner of the Chihuahuan desert in abundance, the cloud deck supplemented by moist air rising on Elephant Mountain.   Later the same day, storms would fire in Mexic[...]
  • Stratus Band over Mono Lake

  • The alternately cold to frigid layers of air hung over California's biggest alkaline puddle, as if the breathable fluid above shared the water's predicament:  no outlet.  A stout inversion in the temperature profile, and just enough moisture from both the lake and evaporated snow, provided a delight in subtleties of air moti[...]
  • Seastack Skyline of the Quillayute Needles

  • The Quillayute Needles, part of a large, namesake, offshore national wildlife refuge, form a majestic rampart of sea stacks across the surface of the Pacific, as viewed through the cool, misty twilight of the Olympic Peninsula shoreline.  Typical for the Northwest coast, a deck of stratus with some fractostratus imparts a co[...]
  • Iceland's Highlands in the Fog

  • Looking up from the most landward fringe of coastal plain, the steep face of Iceland's interior plateau held tightly to a cloud deck that qualified a stratus from down here, fog from up there.  In the lowlands the day was sunny—in the highlands, overcast—all spanning a basalt-punctuated carpet of rich greenery. 3 ESE Holt[...]
  • Shimmering Sea

  • The rising, midmorning sun shone across this narrow arm of the northern sea, dimming two separate decks of cloud in the distance:  lighter stratus down low and darker altostratus above and beyond.  Yet my eyes gazed intently across the small waves and their the constant, vast sparkle of the sun's reflections.  It was an ever[...]
  • Altocumulus Castellanus

  • Crepuscular rays of the setting sun bathe altocumulus castellanus (ACCAS) clouds in their golden glow, as another spring day ends on the Minnesota glacial prairie.  ACCAS is a sure sign of an unstable layer aloft, whether or not any deeper and lower convection ever takes advantage.  In the distance, a low stratus band signal[...]