A few months back I posted about “Radiant Rainbows” which proved to be popular so this time I am hoping to repeat this by sharing with you some images of creative clouds that I have come across on my photo road trips. First up we are in the UK’s first National Park, the Peak District and the one nearest to where I live. This is the most amazing cloud formation I have ever seen and it was captured on a Summer’s afternoon a few years ago above the Roaches. The Roaches, with Hen Cloud, Five Clouds and Ramshaw Rocks, form the gritstone escarpment which marks the southwestern edge of the Peak. They stand like a line of silent sentinels guarding the entrance to the Peak District, worn into fantastic shapes by the elements.
These delicate strokes of high altitude ice crystals are part of the cirrus family of clouds also known as mare’s tails. Seeing feathers in clouds suggests that its time to have faith and trust in yourself and your own abilities. It is time to tackle and overcome personal obstacles. The only obstacle I could think of on the day was climbing to the top of The Roaches to capture more images.
Moving onto Scotland and a small village called Garlieston. Located on the Machars peninsula in the southwest, Garlieston is a quiet, picturesque coastal village with its own tidal harbour. Garlieston Harbour is the closest port in Scotland to the Isle of Man.
These are cirrocumulus clouds and typically appear as white, patchy sheets with ripples or tufts. These are often organised in rows, but since they are so small, cirrocumulus patches take on a finer appearance, sometimes also referred to colloquially as “herringbone” or “mackerel”. Cirrocumulus clouds tend to reflect the red and yellow colours during a sunset and sunrise, and thus they have been referred to as “one of the most beautiful clouds”
Some time ago I posted about “Britain’s Best Beaches,” and you will have read that Woolacombe Sands in North Devon had been voted number one and maybe this next image helps to confirm why. This time its not about the beach but the cloud formation above it mirroring in reverse the curve of the sands. I don’t have any detail on this cloud but it does have certain similarities to the herringbone or mackerel featured in the last location.
The final image comes from the North Wales coast and although captured many years ago I can’t recall seeing anything like it since. It is as much about the light as the clouds but nothing would have materialised without them.
These are crepuscular rays which are bands of sunlight shining through breaks in clouds on the horizon. I have titled the image “God’s Fingers” as the corpuscular light is sometimes used in biblical documents and books to illustrate important moments.
I hope you have enjoyed taking a look at some of the more unusual clouds and light seen on my photo trips.