August 29th 2013
I’d already got plenty of shots of some beautiful and strange clouds in the morning and afternoon, so I thought I’d hang on for a couple of hours and catch the sunset. I’m glad that I did. All shots are straight out of camera unless otherwise stated (a couple I’ve increased the contrast, but not altered the hue/saturation etc.) to just show off the clouds as they were. It was only looking back through the pictures a few months later that I realised just how amazing the sky was- enjoy! (I warn you- it’s a long post…) You can click any image to enlarge.
I was watching the contrails still spreading into clouds…
This is the first shot I got of a trail that would spread into a giant pillar of cloud. I am kicking myself that I didn’t see it appear, I must have thought was just another contrail, as my attention turned to the wispy pastel cirrus hanging lower in the sky like paintings.
The trail starts abruptly, seeming to come out of nowhere.
It quickly spread into a billowing tower of cloud. (I’ve increased the contrast in the image above.) Looking back through the photos I was wondering if it might be a meteorite or something? Surely it would have been noticed by everyone if a meteorite had flown over Kingsbridge?! If anyone knows what this is or has any ideas please let me know as I am stumped!
^ Have played around in photoshop with this one. I was watching the fluorescent red glow on the horizon. It looked on fire.
I’ve seriously upped the contrast here to show off the shape of the rolls of cloud…
The tower gradually started to disperse. Nearer the horizon, shapes were forming that I’ve never seen before. Can anyone tell me what this is?!
All that was left of the pillar of cloud now was a few wisps of pink, glowing bright orange near the horizon.
A zoom-in on the horizon; the base of the trail. What a sunset.