Cloud-Inversion

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visitors to the Grand Canyon National Park got to see this stunning sight. This weather phenomenon is called a total cloud inversion, and it happens when the air near the ground is cooler than the air above it, creating a sea of clouds. While typically a rare event, this is the second cloud inversion at the Grand Canyon in six weeks. Photos by M. Quinn, National Park Service.

Top photo: The South Rim’s “Battleship,” which truly looked like a ship today, cutting through the waves. 

Middle photo: A timelapse of the clouds rolling into the Grand Canyon from Hopi Point on the South Rim of the canyon.

Bottom photo: Visitors viewing the inversion from Hopi Point along Hermit Road on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

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Really nice field of sunflowers in front of Fuji, plus nice capture of a cloud layer at a single height.

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Yesterday, visitors to the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona got to see this rare and amazing sight. This meteorological phenomenon is called a total cloud inversion, and it happens when the air near the ground is cooler than the air above it, creating a blanket of clouds.

Pictured here are the views of the total inversion from Mather Point on the South Rim (top) and near Desert View (middle and bottom). Photos by National Park Service.

The Fabled Gate, by francisjtaylor

“The Fabled gate” When I arrived at the summit of Mam Tor someone had already beaten me to the gate, so I had to find a different composition further back along the path. Shortly after sunrise though they left, so I sprinted down and was able to capture this image before the sun disappeared behind the bank of cloud. I know it’s been done hundreds of times but I couldn’t resist with such great conditions!

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Alan the Geologist. And dog. Top of the Cobbler. Glasgow, Scotland. 2014. Tumblr. Flickr. Instagram. Facebook. Vogue.

I’ve been plundering my rather substantial photographic vaults lately and came across this photo from New Years Eve 2008/2009. 

It’s me, practising a bit of weightlifting on Beinn a’ Bheithir before pitching the tent.

How’s the song go?  ‘I can move move move any mountain!’

A weekend above the clouds in foggy Fife

On Saturday I looked out the window on what I’d written off as a dreich old day up here in the Lomond Hills, and was surprised to see rays of sunshine blazing down.

I felt my heart skip a beat in excitement and within a few minutes had donned boots, gaiters and coat, and had my camera slung over my shoulder.  Why so excited?  Well, it had been foggy all day.  But when you start to see a little bit of brightness it means the fog is thinning and…..if you’re able to get a little bit higher up, you may well get above the cloud completely.

Events like that are fairly common here in the Lomonds.  We’re close to the Forth and are on the east coast, so there’s plenty of fog and haar rolling in off the North Sea when the east wind blows.  It can be a curse in summer of course, when everyone in Scotland is bathing under sunshine and blue skies, but along the eastern coastline it’s 10C and foggy.

But it can also be a real treat, because the scenes that present themselves to you as you climb through the cloud layer, are out of this world.

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Garnedd Ugain - Snowdonia por Kevin OBrian
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A new day begins on the Snowdon Horseshoe, I set off around 02:30am and headed for the summit in total darkness, not long before I had to use my gps and map to help get me out of trouble and get back on the right track, as my head torch was completely defused with the low dense cloud which rendered it pretty much useless, I reached the famous standing stone (waypoint) in 2 hours, and after breaking through the cloud I had complete solitude and clear summits with cloud below them, looking down onto Crib Goch from Garnedd Ugain. Best viewed by Pressing L Link for more images from this outing here <a href=“http://flic.kr/s/aHsjF1Z5eK” rel=“nofollow”>flic.kr/s/aHsjF1Z5eK</a> Image copyright <a href=“http://www.kevinobrian.co.uk/” rel=“nofollow”>www.kevinobrian.co.uk/</a>