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Aug 22, 2008, 8:41:48 PM
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I don't know if this is a known cloud formation or not, i do know that i've not seen anything like it before. It almost looks like a strand of DNA....

Shot high on Dartmoor..

After a google search it would appear these clouds are called;

Cirrus Kelvin-Helmholtz
Appearing as a slender, horizontal spiral of cloud, cirrus Kelvin-Helmholtz is one of the most distinctive cloud formations. However, it tends to dissipate only a minute or two after forming and, as a result, is rarely observed.
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:iconannabelle-chabert:
Annabelle-Chabert Featured By Owner May 20, 2011   Photographer
I've never seen these Cirrus Kelvin-Helmholtz, like strange and perfect waves in the sky... You've been luky to observed such clouds :wow: and on to of that with sunset (I suppose) colors !! :clap:
A friend have observed and photographed them only one time in his life and he was very proud of it !!
You make me jalous :giggle:
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sassaputzin Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
you'll catch them one day......
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alban-expressed Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
Amazing clouds. Alex suggests cropping, but what would be left without the dark bottom? Alex is a riot, isn't he? Not every picture has to be as smooth and harmonic as are his. :-)
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:iconsassaputzin:
sassaputzin Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
riot?...some may call it that...i have other words....i may resubmit this it was submitted a long time ago and i think it deserves another airing....
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:iconalban-expressed:
alban-expressed Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
I am curious to see what you will do with it. I meant riot in a good sense, but never mind. :-)
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sassaputzin Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
i meant just resubmit it with an up to date edit, i have a lot of watcher that will not have seen it....and i know what you meant about alex...hes a good guy....i just like to pull his leg...
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:iconalban-expressed:
alban-expressed Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Yep. Cool. :-)
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:icondev1n:
dev1n Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
awesome!!!
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:icongwilym:
gwilym Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
Beautiful!
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:iconandreasresch:
AndreasResch Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008  Professional Photographer
What a rare sky. Great moment.
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:iconsassaputzin:
sassaputzin Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2008
it certainly was....made me do a double take.....
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:icondigimax2:
DigiMax2 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2008
Very beautiful formation, I never saw it before. Lucky you were all set up if it only lasts for such a short time.
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:iconrickylp:
RickyLP Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2008
wonderful mate
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:iconallanibanez:
allanibanez Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2008   Photographer
this is fantastic steve, dna clouds at their best!
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
This is so cool - I love the different layers of colour here, standing in a stark contrast against the dark hill.

Glad you had your equipment ready! :D
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lightningspeedliz Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008
nice catch!
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008   Digital Artist
Amazing shot S....love it.
If you like strange cloud formations you should check out my friends site at Australian Severe weather. Jim and Mike go storm chasing here in Oz and have their own web site that ppl from all over the world contribute to. This site is where I get most of my shots for my manips. Jim has been kind enough to give me permission to use their shots for my work.
[link]
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:iconsumosami:
Sumosami Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008
wow they look like sand dunes in the sky
Beautiful
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:iconmeaninglessone:
MeaninglessOne Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing! Im lovin' it :D ;D
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:iconpopsi:
Popsi Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that looks amazing, certainly a special sight :)
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I think it's awesome but not in a teenage emo kind of a way - in an AWE some kind of a way.
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:iconsassaputzin:
sassaputzin Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008
well searching around on the net i can't find an image of this particular cloud as good...

cheers mate....
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:iconalex37:
Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
well arent you just the bestest
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:iconsassaputzin:
sassaputzin Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008
thanks for the recognition....
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:iconscopoliacarniolica:
ScopoliaCarniolica Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008
bizzare... like waves in the sea. Never seen that before :)
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:iconthe-shining:
the-shining Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Very interesting clouds formation :)
I guess I would never notice them...:|
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:iconpastyguy:
PastyGuy Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I saw that same formation down on the coast back home, but I was too busy falling over to get a shot of it
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:iconsassaputzin:
sassaputzin Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008
:)..clumsy git.....pot kettle springs to mind.....gonna get out with your camera this weekend guy...?
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PastyGuy Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I doubt it, Ive got a resubmission of a module I failed back at uni in next week, so its head down and work work work
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:iconsassaputzin:
sassaputzin Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2008
good luck guy.....
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008
Great sky, love the crop
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:icontobyedwards:
tobyedwards Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008   Interface Designer
That sky is fucking fantastic.
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:iconalex37:
Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
chill out!
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:icontobyedwards:
tobyedwards Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008   Interface Designer
Jealous little man!
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:iconsassaputzin:
sassaputzin Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008
:rofl:
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:iconsassaputzin:
sassaputzin Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008
bizarre isn't it...
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:iconescaped-emotions:
escaped-emotions Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008  Professional Photographer
:rofl: @ Alex.

An interesting sky, not something I've seen either.
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:iconalex37:
Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
And I think you should do the obvious crop, the bottom half is confusing me
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:iconsassaputzin:
sassaputzin Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008
easily confused..........
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:iconalex37:
Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I am :(
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:iconalex37:
Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I almost photographed those, but didnt think they were worthy :P

I beleive they are caused by 2 airflows of differnt velocities which induce turbulence on eachother.
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sassaputzin Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008
thats exactly what i thought...nah not worthy im just snap happy...i feel 'seen off' with all this f**king rain....
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:iconalex37:
Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
actually, I think its as good a sky shot as you will ever get. I didnt shoot it because it was too far from me and I couldnt get long enough.
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sassaputzin Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008
you don't know if your coming or going....i like it, pretty unique i think....is there a name for this particular phenomenon oh wise sage?
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:iconalex37:
Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah I am sure there is, but I dont know it, and I just guessed at how it works, but thats the only explanation that is possible :D
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sassaputzin Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008
6. Cirrus Kelvin-Helmholtz
Appearing as a slender, horizontal spiral of cloud, cirrus Kelvin-Helmholtz is one of the most distinctive cloud formations. However, it tends to dissipate only a minute or two after forming and, as a result, is rarely observed.

possibly.......
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:iconalex37:
Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
not quite as good a sky as this though: [link]
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:iconsassaputzin:
sassaputzin Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008
ahh of course the mammatus cloud formation seen during sinking air.:)


yeah ive just searched unusual cloud formations check out these; [link]
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