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Colorado Mammatus

Posted by
Jason Politte (Conway, AR, United States) on 27 July 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

This dying supercell in Colorado combined with the setting sun to produce a breathtaking display of mammatus and anticrepuscular rays.

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Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

wow ! do you know this picture is the best picture of today !

27 Jul 2011 5:47am

@Shaahin Bahremand: Thank you very much, Shaahin! :-)

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

This is beautiful Jason, I can see one of your Starships traversing this beautiful cloud,
mushrooming before us. Gorgeous photo and colors.

27 Jul 2011 6:20am

@Phil David Morris 2011: Hmmm, maybe I'll have try that sometime, Phil. Thanks for the idea! :-)

tataray from france, France

Mais c'est incroyablement beau !...

27 Jul 2011 6:51am

@tataray: Merci beaucoup!

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

C'est beau ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée


27 Jul 2011 7:22am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Awesome capture - love it.

27 Jul 2011 7:35am

SRM from Rome, Italy

Five *

27 Jul 2011 7:54am

@SRM: Thank you very much!

Manuel Hompanera from La Robla, Spain

Woowww.Nunca he visto nada parecido,es increible.Buen trabajo.

27 Jul 2011 7:57am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

That's a stunner Jason

27 Jul 2011 8:32am

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

an unbelievable shot!
amazing gorgeous clouds and rays.
this should be spotlight material!

27 Jul 2011 8:54am

@Roman: Thank you very much, Roman!

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

I'd heard about these odd clouds. I've never seen them in the UK

27 Jul 2011 10:09am

@CElliottUK: These clouds are most often seen with thunderstorms. When you see them this numerous and well-defined, the storm is more than likely a supercell.

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Wow - great capture of this very rare and beautiful sky. We can well imagine it is another planet we are seeing here!

27 Jul 2011 11:36am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

There is a wonderful ethereal feel to this shot Jason! Well done! ;-)

27 Jul 2011 12:17pm

@Eric Cousineau: Thank you very much, Eric!

Mhelene from Paris, France

Phenomenal !! Superb effect and beautiful !

27 Jul 2011 12:53pm

Twojays from Southwest Montana, United States

Good Grief. I think I would run screaming into the house and hide under the bed.
Spectacular Jason! Made even more intimidating by all those fat words. You do know and appreciate sky shows, and this one is a knock out. Hyperventilating here.

27 Jul 2011 1:27pm

@Twojays: Ah, no reason to run and hide, Joyce. ;-) Mammatus can really make for a gorgeous sunset. Thank you very much!

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Grandisoe ciel et rayonnement superbe compo quelle forme quelle couoeur un rêve magique

27 Jul 2011 3:13pm

Anne from 新加坡, Singapore

oh my..I haven't seen this before..seems like something unusual brewing..but it's a fantastic capture, Jason! Good job!

27 Jul 2011 4:16pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An awesome display and a beautiful photo.

27 Jul 2011 4:22pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Very beautiful colors and clouds, great capture!

27 Jul 2011 6:33pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Awesome indeed Jason, and the clouds are spectacul;ar too...we had a storm like this a few years ago with clouds like that overhead - I was awestruck...occluded...something or other I think is what they were called, but whatever they were I will never forget them..Beautiful image here!

27 Jul 2011 6:36pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Thank you very much, Denny! These pouch-like clouds are actually called cumulonimbus mammatus. When you see them this pronounced and numerous, your most likely dealing with a strong supercell. Glad you like the image! :-)

Maria Draper from California, United States

you mean those are real clouds? wow...amazing...and so unusual...
beautiful colors, too

27 Jul 2011 7:17pm

@Maria Draper: Oh yes, very real! You see them like this most often with strong supercell thunderstorms. Thank you, Maria!

franz from Baden, Austria

this is truly surreal - both the shapes of the clouds and the incredible light! what a catch!

27 Jul 2011 8:45pm

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

wow this is strange, it looks like some kind of jelly sky. very unusual. you are so lucky your weather is not as boring as the UK, where we get a little bit of sun a lot of rain and a lot of over cast. lol.

27 Jul 2011 9:02pm

@Ainsley: Ah, but you guys have such history - something we don't really have here. Thank you very much, Ainsley!

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Awesome sky, Jason.

28 Jul 2011 12:57am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

This is amazing! So much power but also beautiful.

28 Jul 2011 1:10am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A spectacular mammatus example! Not only do you have the clouds, but the rays. Wow.

28 Jul 2011 1:54am

@Rick: Thank you very much, Rick. This was a beautiful sight to behold in person.

Kristina from Kyiv, Ukraine


28 Jul 2011 2:02am

@Kristina: Thank you - glad you like it!

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

Beautiful colors! The heavens have opened up!!!!

28 Jul 2011 2:56am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

What a gorgeous capture with great colors and truly unique cloud formations!

28 Jul 2011 3:31am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Awesome picture Jason.
Don't think we'll ever get the chance to capture anything like this in the UK, I'm pretty sure super cells don't form over here.

28 Jul 2011 11:54am

@Curly: The UK does get the occasional supercell, but they're nothing compared to the ones that form over here. Thanks Curly!

Saeid from Amol, Iran

Interesting photo!!
Great Job :)

30 Jul 2011 11:04pm

JCJ from Troyes, France

i love clouds, and these ones make my day :)

31 Jul 2011 6:40pm

@JCJ: Thank you very much, JCJ! :-)

Tim from Ft. Worth, United States

stunning!! well captured and an awesome spectacle of nature :)

7 Sep 2011 2:06am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Woow !!

7 Sep 2011 11:35am