Saturday, 3 August 2013


It is always a joy to see a rainbow, especially when it's complete.  A reminder from God that he will never completely flood the world again - his promise following the account of Noah and the ark.

If you look very carefully, you can see a second, outer, rainbow forming.  On this occasion nothing much happened with the second rainbow, or at least from where I was at the time.  There hadn't been any rain locally but I guess there would have been a good shower nearby.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Circumzenithal arc

Look carefully in the middle - the rainbow-like Circumzenithal arc
Apparently if the sun is higher than 32.2 degrees in the sky you won't see one of these rare and spectacular sights.  It is a rainbow-like effect in the sky and only ever seen as a arc and contains refracted ice.  It seems so strange seeing a "rainbow" on such a hot, dry day!

Generally the arc will look like a smile but you still have to look carefully: these are the only photographs I have of Circumzenithal arcs and believe me, they're not easy to photograph.

Cirrus Uncinus

Cirrus Uncinus
We were all amazed by this wonderful display of clouds overhead.  It was early evening and we'd just finished our evening meal outside on our patio - this is a rare thing to do in the British summers over recent years!  You can also spot a Contrail (a condensation trail) from an aircraft which passed over earlier on.  The feathery edges of this display was stunning.  See below for others taken shortly before; even on calm days with little wind the high level clouds can still move around quite briskly.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Cirrus Uncinus

Mid summer Cirrus Uncinus
Just a small example of these clouds which are always a welcome sight.  These are high level clouds at 20,000 feet or more and a sign of good sunny weather, with plenty of high pressure.  They are actually composed of ice crystals way up there and picked up by the wind; the longer the wispy trail, the stronger the wind.

Taken today, 14th July in the middle of a very warm and sunny spell of weather.  Also spotted today:

Yes, I know the photograph below is not of some clouds as such.  It was taken in a woodland area on the top of a hill shrouded in low cloud.  So it is, sort of, a picture of a cloud - a nice misty scene early in the morning while it was still quite cool.  Gradually the sun warmed up and the low level cloud melted away, leading to the pictures above during the afternoon.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Two French rainbows

Both of these rainbows were photographed last week on a holiday trip to France.  With the top rainbow, as seen from the car ferry, I don't think I have ever been so close to a rainbow!  In being over the see, it sadly dispel the myth of a pot of gold always being at the end.

The second was from the Brittany region and, as is often the case, the formation applied just after a rainy afternoon..

Tuesday, 2 April 2013


This is probably my favourite cloud picture to date but I must confess it has had a little computer enhancement.  Taken on the ever-changing sea front at Weston-Super-Mare you can see there's quite a lot going on in this photograph with the clouds evolving.  Taken in the late afternoon one November, it was blustery as it often is on that stretch of coastline.