Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets – What a Wonderful World [28 Pics]

Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets: Long's Peak - Sunset

Long’s Peak – Sunset
Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets credit: David Evenson

Introduction

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.

Hint: Use “J” and “K” keys to navigate from picture to picture.

Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets: July Sunflowers

July Sunflowers
Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets credit: David Evenson

Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets: Vanishing Points

Vanishing Points
“I’ve never seen such prominent anticrepuscular rays as we had this evening. Truly amazing. Just for clarity – this shot was taken looking directly away from the sunset towards the east.” Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets credit: David Evenson

Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets: Valley Tractor Sprinkler and Sunset

Valley Tractor Sprinkler & Sunset
Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets credit: David Evenson

Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets: Late Summer - Northern Colorado

Late Summer – Northern Colorado
Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets credit: David Evenson

Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets: Prospect, Colorado

Prospect, Colorado
Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets credit: David Evenson

Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets: Sunset over Indian Peaks Wilderness

Sunset over Indian Peaks Wilderness
Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets credit: David Evenson

Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets: Snow in May

Snow in May
Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets credit: David Evenson

Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets: Cumulonimbus Sunset

 

Cumulonimbus Sunset
Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets credit: David Evenson

Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets: Wide Angle Sunset

 

Wide Angle Sunset
I wanted a wider angle shot of the fields where I took some shots the other night, so I dug out my 10.5 mm fisheye. You can see the Flatirons on the left all the way up the horizon towards Fort Collins on the right. Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets credit: David Evenson

Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets: Setting Sun on Long's Peak and Indian Peaks

 

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

Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets: Mushroom Cloud

 

“Mushroom” Cloud
Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets credit: David Evenson

Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets: Sod Farm and Thunder Cells

 

Sod Farm & Thunder Cells
I was driving past this sod farm and looking at the light and cloud formations. Then the endless sprinkler came into view. Had to pull over. Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets credit: David Evenson

Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets: Pawnee National Grassland Thunder Cell

 

Pawnee National Grassland Thunder Cell
Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets credit: David Evenson

Nebraska Supercell

 

Nebraska Supercell
Sun shines under long-lived supercell moving across northeast Nebraska May 28, 2004, almost following highway 12 from Niobrara down to Sioux City perfectly. Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets credit: extremeinstablity.com.

Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets: Lightning Storms

 

Lightning Storms
Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets credit: David Evenson

Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets: Lightning Storm

 

Lightning Storm
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

Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets: February Sunset

 

February Sunset
Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets credit: David Evenson

Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets: November Sunset

 

November Sunset
Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets credit: David Evenson

Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets: Misty Mountain Sunset

 

Misty Mountain Sunset
Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets credit: David Evenson

Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets: Lenticular Vortex

 

Lenticular Vortex
Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets credit: David Evenson

Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets: Saint Patrick's Sunset

Saint Patrick’s Sunset
Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets credit: David Evenson

Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets: Abandoned Homestead and Anticrepuscular Skies

Abandoned Homestead and Anticrepuscular Skies
Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets credit: David Evenson

Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets: Late April Sunset

Late April Sunset
Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets credit: David Evenson

Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets: Sunset near Hygeine CO

Sunset near Hygeine CO
Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets credit: David Evenson

Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets: July Sunset and Long's Peak

July Sunset and Long’s Peak
Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets credit: David Evenson

Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets: Sun Beams on Pleasant Ridge

Sun Beams on Pleasant Ridge
Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets credit: David Evenson

Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets: July Sunset and Fields

July Sunset and Fields
Pictures of Clouds and Sunsets credit: David Evenson

53 Comments

  1. Great work Dave. Dick and I are amazed at the beautiful light, clouds, and sky you’ve captured.
    The colors are awesome.

  2. This is beautiful, and it makes me homesick for Colorado. Thank you so much for sharing these. That all said, please have someone edit your intro. Your misuse of capitalization and gimpse instead of glimpse were almost so distracting, I didn’t go on to see the awesome photos below! I’d be happy to do the edits! Just send me an email.

  3. Stunning skies, beautifully shot. Love the framing of the shots. We don’t get anything like that over here. Hope I can visit one day.

  4. ABSOULTLY WONDERFUL. IT MAKES YOU REMEMBER ALL THE WONDERFUL AND BEAUTIFUL PLACES THERE ARE IN THE WORLD. GREAT JOB. JUST MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD

  5. My back yard growing, been on top of Longs(quite a few times), and most of the Indian peaks wilderness Makes me miss home.. :( great photos

  6. Thank you for these beautiful pictures and giving the glory to God.
    I started to wonder what cloud type God used to lead the Israelites in the wilderness.

  7. Wow! Love the clarity & depth of field. Makes you stop & take notice of the precious things God has created. Just wondering what camera you use. I love photography & landscapes are my favorite. Would love to learn more about photography.

  8. Hi, fantastic photo’s. i try myself at clouds, sunset, and sunrise photo’s, but i only have a compact camera.
    i’m looking at upgrading to a DSLR, if you dont mind me asking, what kind do you use or what would you recommend..

    thanks Mark..

  9. breathtaking must it have been for the photografer…..
    animals have a lot of fear for lightning
    we people love sunsets
    and a great shame it is that a lot of people live like insects all together without seeing this everyday.
    plant trees and save this wonderfull planet.
    Please photografer help with publishing for this!
    good luck.

  10. Wow! amazing stuff. I am a nature lover. There are so many beautiful places in Southern Pakistan. If you ever get a chance to visit Pakistan and could shot the photos.

  11. There are some VERY beautiful pictures but others are photo-shopped just a bit toooooo much to where they’ve become more like a well done cartoon.

    • I agree- It is very upsetting for me to see so much of this on the web- I am painfully remined of this- and seeing this(photoshopping) over and over again- on all kinds of places(in our virtual WEB world) Its just so sad that real beauty is not enough( for some? people???) Humm..But yes, I too agree the photos are beautiful and full of life experience and true ….just maybe ya need to keep the “vivid ” “Dynamic” setting a bit more on the (hee hee) “down low’ Thanks for sharing…

  12. Agree with Janice – some of these pictures are very beautiful and I’m sure it must have been stunning to stand there at sunset… but the colors are often very unnatural. Fields and sunflowers are not that shade of green, especially at sunset.

  13. When I see such mesmerizing photos, it makes me loathe the human race even more for slowly destroying such a beautiful thing…..

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