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Explanation of the phenomena:
The lenticular clouds are more frequent in mountain than at the seaside. They are caused by a standing wave. The lenticular clouds are clouds of wave, which are formed when humid air is raised in the ascending part of the wave, when the raised air cools and that the water which it contains condenses in the form of water drops or of crystals of ice. Conversely, when the air goes down again on the other side of the wave, it is heated and the water drops evaporate. The lenticular clouds most known, because observable more frequently, are those which occur on the level of standing waves, themselves generally related to the relief. These clouds thus appear stationary, but the air and the water which they contain are in perpetual renewal. A famous example is "l'âne du Mont-Blanc" (the ass of the Mont-Blanc), lenticular cloud which frequently caps the Mont-Blanc, in France. Another is the "nappe" (tablecloth) of the mountain of the Table, beside the city of the Cape, in South Africa. Close to the coasts, especially when they present a certain relief, the winds coming from the sea are forced to go up, and there are waves (which are used besides by the followers of the hovering in deltaplane or other, and by the gulls) which can give place to clouds of waves. In mountain, the waves formed on the reliefs are not limited to the wave located just above the top of a mountain, a "wave train" are formed and been able to give place to a series of lenticular clouds, at the top of each wave (that's what you can see on my picture). Another type of lenticular cloud is frequently observed above clouds with strong vertical development, like the cumuli congestus or the cumulonimbi. This cloud, which takes the aspect of a "hat" of the principal cloud, is named "Pileus".
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xhoss (88) 2003-12-30 3:57
Great image. Can't see anything I would change with it. I'm appreciative that you took the time to describe it in such depth as well. Very informative. Nice work.
nwoehnl (122) 2003-12-30 4:09
Wonderful shot, Isabelle. It's easy to see why someone with a "graphical" background as you would be drawn to this. I really like the soft light and the tones of blue, even on the mountains - and it's obviously putting the panoramic format to an excellent use. After reading your note, I feel fully equipped to start writing a scientific thesis on the matter. Very well done!
avigur_11 (22069) 2003-12-30 4:24
Amazing panorama, I sabelle. Those clouds are amazing. before reading your note I thought it's a product of a massive PS work, but in the large version it's looks quite real and even more stunning. It's very clean and sharp. Excellent interesting note. Very well done.
mortijo (12828) 2003-12-30 4:31
This is a perfect picture. The colours, the framing, everything is perfect. I added it to my favorites. Thanks for the note.
Marc (30) 2003-12-30 4:33
Très belle photo et surtout quelle chance d'avoir été là au bon moment ! J'aime les teintes de bleus et merci pour les commentaires instructifs. A bientôt sur les sommets...
joso (2417) 2003-12-30 4:38
As most of the panoramas - gives the impression to be right there. The play of light here and there, those clouds, the very good note - bravo, Isabelle
Rhiannon (1728) 2003-12-30 5:04
Spectacular view, fantastic mountains and clouds.
I love the colours, the composition and the sharpness.
Great note too.
Very well done!
cool_s15 (4050) 2003-12-30 5:19
Very nice photo with an unusual shape of clouds. Nice time to capture this shot. well done!
PechePassion (483) 2003-12-30 5:21
Que dire ? Rien c'est parfait !
Je cherche mais je trouve pas le detail qui pourrais me gener hormis comme le dit Avigur ce coté sur realiste . Masi peut-on vous en vouloir d'avoir reproduit a merveille ces nuages ? Bien sur que non au contraire
Si je connaissais le phenomene , je n'en connaissais pas les raisons et votre notes est parfaites
Bravo et chapeau bas Isabelle !
mikhalych (1319) 2003-12-30 5:23
Very impressive panorama and informative note.
First I was tempted to remove slight noise in the sky, but after fooling around in NeatImage decided that slight grain makes this pic more lively.
dominique (11414) 2003-12-30 5:44
bien vu , l'image est parfaite j'aime ce genre de nuage que je connais bien en Corse(Bastia) il y a souvent des altocumulus lenticulaire mais a cause du vent d'ouest . le cadrage est tres bon comme les couleurs .
andyohare (437) 2003-12-30 6:33
Beautiful shot and informative notes, Isabelle. Apart from the phenomenon itself, the shades of blue make this picture. Once again I am in awe of our environment.
I'd like to see this before you cropped the bottom part of the photo.
Rockyboy (20598) 2003-12-30 13:06
C'est encore une superbe image de la Suisse que vous nous offrez là, Isabelle! Ces nuages sont superbes et la photo a de belles couleurs! J'adore également le contraste entre les montagnes dans l'ombre et les nuages au soleil. Bien vu!
Georges (11185) 2003-12-30 14:58
Superbe image le panorama est très beau et la texture nuageuse est jolie et la présentation soignée
fredon (5052) 2003-12-31 5:55
Waoh! lenticulars! This picture is very impressive and perfectly illustrate the deviation of the air above the mountains in a wave system. The note is also very instructive although i already knew this kind of meteorological phenomenon often used by gliders pilots for their winter flights!
amzamz (885) 2003-12-31 10:22
guyben (1103) 2003-12-31 11:24
I've never heard of this phenomenon, it looks as if a very taleneted painter painted this picture. The colors and the softness of the photo are nothing short of amazing.
Excellent work ! :)
Ebbe (9617) 2003-12-31 16:33
This is just sooooooo beautiful Louy! The hard and rugged Alps and the light soft waves of clouds are beautiful enough apart, but together - WOW!
emax (919) 2003-12-31 17:50
Exellent phenomena and the picture. Seems like aureoles of the mountains. I have already seen the similar phenomena above the Mt.Cavallo in the Italian Dolomites, but I did not know for the reason how they been created. Your explanation it had be corrected, because the Piancavallo its far away from the sea less than 50 km. Thanks for the explanation.
Birdy1 (48) 2004-01-02 20:45
Vraiment incroyable, c'est comme de l'art naturel ! Votre note est très intéresante. Merci pour cette instant de bonheur visuel.
mitternacht (1839) 2004-01-03 10:36
Interesting phenomena and excellent picture. Thank you for all the information. Other than being interesting I think the clouds are beautiful - the light coming from the side is really nice. Composition also nice, panorama is definitely the right format for this picture.
steffleu (1397) 2004-01-04 17:32
oochappan (22043) 2004-07-07 17:43
I like to see panoramas, this one is really perfect. New to TE I wonder where I can find some more info on how to and limitations of uploading this ?
tontonjc (6623) 2005-08-22 15:30
Superbe !! jamais vu ce genre de phénoméne en valais ... Trés belle prise et panorama splendide.
peter1892 (1681) 2005-09-02 5:13
Absolutely superb! :)
Albrecht (11281) 2005-09-02 5:30
Unbelievable clouds. Wondeful crop ajnd compo. great shot!!
Take care, -Albrecht-
fayeulle (27827) 2005-09-20 22:49
Cette photo pano est réellement exceptionnelle. Les lenticulaires spiralés sont remarquables. Le pano est très réussi. Est ce le montage de plusieurs Photos ? Je pense que le grain visible mériterait d'être éliminé ou au moins diminué.
chicken (1557) 2005-10-10 15:51
Wonderful picture and great explenation. I like the wave that finishes the image to the top and contrasts to the hard edged peaks on the bottom.
timopro (26) 2005-11-24 5:51
I can say only Super-Fantastic pano, congrat. bye tim
Nancy66 (150) 2006-04-03 17:47
Amazing sky! Great shot!
rajhema (1871) 2006-07-26 10:58
Excellent POV. Good colors and cloud formation is amazing.
Loic_bzh (7646) 2006-07-29 11:57
un des plus beau pano de TE, félicitations!
alainh (35579) 2007-10-08 3:29
vaut mieux tard que jamais: J'adore.
le format et ces merveilleuses formations.
bravo et merci à toi
Piotr_Angiel (2564) 2008-06-17 23:46
Great photo and explanation of the phenomena. I am always fascinate how it is possible - I saw many of this clouds in Antarctica and Patagonia each time was just unique and amazing.
With best compliments,
- Copyright: Trabelsi Isabelle (ilouy) (3370)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-12-25
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D100, 24-120/3.5-5.6 D VR
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): December in Europe, CLOUDS OF BEAUTY, Clouds in the sky and of the colors, ciel et nuage, Lenticular clouds...Nuage lenticulaire, _Fotos adicionadas por 5 ou mais membros, Favoris #2 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2003-12-30 3:51
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