These pictures of clouds, nature and landscape are really inspirational.
Clouds are created when rising air, through expansion, cools to the point where some of the water vapor molecules “clump together” faster than they are torn apart by their thermal energy. Some of that (invisible) water vapor condenses to form (visible) cloud droplets or ice crystals.
After cloud droplets form, one of two things happen. Either they collide with each other and grow by joining together to such a large size that they fall to the ground as rain or snow, or they evaporate and change back into water vapor. It is estimated that, on average, about one-half of all cloud material in precipitation systems eventually falls to the Earth as precipitation, while the other half re-evaporates back into water vapor.
In any case the beauty is impossible to ignore and our Grand Architect surely has an excellent eye for design.
Most photos in this article are from David Evenson -who gave us special permission to use his outstanding photos. He can be found at OpenEdgeMedia.
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Setting Sun on Long’s Peak and Indian Peaks
Interesting facts: The smaller the drops in a cloud the brighter the tops appear (and the darker the bases). Smaller droplets scatter more sunlight, while large drops allow more sunlight to pass through. This explains why the heavily raining part of a shower cloud or thunderstorm is usually brighter than just the cloudy part. The cloud droplets have combined into large raindrops, which allow more sunlight to pass through them. Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets credit: David Evenson
We had the most incredible lightning storm I’ve ever seen last night. Literally multiple strikes every second or so for close to 40 minutes. Unfortunately most of the strikes seemed to be arcing around inside the clouds, so I didn’t see many bolts, but I did catch one. Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets credit: David Evenson