Because I was working also as a meteorologist I need to explain phenomena visible on this picture.
This is phenomena called: "Mammatus" (or mamma or mammatocumulus). At the bottom of Cumulonimbus cloud arise a cellular pattern of pouches. This pouches are looking like a breast (in latin: mamma).
When mammatus is occurring in Cumulonimbus cloud you can be almost sure it is strong storm coming. It was the same in this evening. We were just going back from Iguazu Falls and when I saw this clouds I said to my Girlfriend - hurry up it will be a big rain and thunderstorm, I was right just five minutes after I took this photo it was a wall of water around us and a lot of lightnings.
I'm very happy to have picture of this phenomena, specially because last rays of sunset gave a dramatic light on a cloud.
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negative (420) 2007-10-02 4:20
nice photo,with so beautiful clouds
Hellas (6813) 2007-10-02 4:22
Thank you Piotr for the really useful note as well as the wonderful image. Very nice colour and clarity.
My warmest wishes to you,
lule-jan (274) 2007-10-02 4:33
Nice shot with lovley colors.
broglia (3598) 2007-10-02 4:36
Excellent work Piotr - perfect TE material, I really learnt something today. At first I thought "not another sunset". But your notes really add a great deal.
Best regards, Roberto
Gierlinski (948) 2007-10-02 4:38
Phenomenal picture Pedro, like the phenomenon itself...
You were lucky to capture and make a great documentary photo of the mammatocumulus like this one lit by the last rays of the Sun.
Grelibre (1534) 2007-10-02 4:48
Nice shot !! It's very beautiful cloud 'mamatus' !
Zolive (5935) 2007-10-02 4:52
Incredible sky. I don't know what to say in front of such a phenomenon as you splendidly captured.
fryz (1735) 2007-10-02 5:48
gneufeld (15890) 2007-10-02 14:07
Wow, this image is absolutely amazing, and it sure helps that you provided such excellent commentary and explanation. Stunning colors in most unusual cloud formations. Great work and TFS. Gerald
alainh (35581) 2007-10-03 12:45
i like a lot the clouds and the hungry of the sky. i hope capture a day such beautifull mammatus in my alps.
this one is a great one. in my favorites.
congratulations for your finr gallery !!
have a nice day
zmey (7335) 2007-10-10 9:25
a beautiful, lucky shot, piotr! dramatic light, nice composition, and an impressive moment. thanks for sharing!
Paul65 (1402) 2007-10-14 1:15
Bardzo ekspresyjne zdjęcie, chmury wyglądają jak gdyby groźny pożar. Niesamowite wrażenie to czyni.
quantabeh (5205) 2007-11-20 18:24
a very beautiful image. The texture is really unworldly. The color and the composition is superb.
zahoor_salmi (1053) 2008-08-29 11:53
Beautiful work, Congratulations.
stellar_girl (302) 2008-10-04 13:38
I'm aware of the phenomena, but I haven't seen it with my own eyes yet. You were lucky and you made an amazing photo. TFS.
- Copyright: Piotr Angiel (Piotr_Angiel) (2564)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-04-23
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 G DX IF-ED, Cokin P121S
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/10 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Beauty of clouds, Clouds and storms, Favorites - landscape 03 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-10-02 4:10
- Favorites: 5 [view]