1. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    While looking at the sky, contrail watchers often take interesting or pretty photos of clouds - even if it's not specifically about the contrails. This is the thread to post them in.

    If you've got a collection of photos, or they are related to some event, or you have a question about them, then post a new thread in the Images forum, or the Skydentify forum.

    Sunrise in Venice, California, 7-Jan-2014
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  3. Pete Tar

    Pete Tar Moderator Staff Member

    Some cloud sculpting of a storm cell (contrast enhanced)
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  4. Pete Tar

    Pete Tar Moderator Staff Member

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  5. Svartbjørn

    Svartbjørn Senior Member

    Wow Pete.. those shots are amazing
     
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  6. Pete Tar

    Pete Tar Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks, but there's nothing special about my ability to point the phone at the sky and shoot, the sky must take all the credit. :)
     
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  7. Svartbjørn

    Svartbjørn Senior Member

    TRUE.. but youve got to be able to see that there's something worth pointing the camera at lol
     
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  8. Miss VocalCord

    Miss VocalCord Active Member

    Not too long ago I was flying high above the clouds and saw a complete rainbow circle (glory) with the shadow of the plane inside of it. Too bad I didn't have any camera with me, but apparently it is a phenomenon seeing every now and then:
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    It just seemed so unreal, almost had to be 'fake' ;)
     
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  9. Pete Tar

    Pete Tar Moderator Staff Member

    You can get that effect standing on the beach with wet sand in front of you and the sun behind you, the halo will be around the shadow of your head.
    To a lesser extent it can happen on a bitumen road, polarised sunglasses can make it more prominent.
     
  10. cloudspotter

    cloudspotter Senior Member

    Or on a hill looking down into a fog filled valley as with a Brocken Spectre
     
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  11. M Bornong

    M Bornong Senior Member

    I had never noticed a Fallstreak hole, yesterday (Feb.4, 2014) I had to drive from Bakersfield to Los Angeles, I saw at quite a few. Unfortunately, I was on a schedule and there weren't always convenient pull offs on the freeway.

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    At the base of the Grapevine (Interstate 5) heading south.

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    At the Hwy. 138 interchange looking ESE.

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    Also captured a contrail shadow, the contrail can just be made out midway between the shadow and the sun. This photo should be rotated to the right for correct orientation.
     
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  12. KC-10FE

    KC-10FE Active Member

    I was reading a post awhile back, I think on contrailscience.com where a chemtrail enthusiast came on saying that clouds do not form over areas with hot and dry climates. Here are a couple of shots from above Afghanistan today, along with over the UAE. The northern part of Afghanistan still has snow, but the southern part is very dry and hot.

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  13. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Nice fleet of orbs in your fourth photo there :)
     
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  14. KC-10FE

    KC-10FE Active Member

    Thank you! That is coming in over the UAE, definitely very warm down there. We flew again today and there are definitely big clouds over there, my teeth are still rattling from the turbulence!
     
  15. KC-10FE

    KC-10FE Active Member

    Some more from today, I found these beautiful

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  16. Jason

    Jason Senior Member

    Wow, I envy you KC-10FE. Thanks for serving our country and bringing us such incredible photos. And this came to mind when you metioned turbulence; http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/injured-cathay-pacific-flight-hits-turbulence-22574560. Don't mean to go OT, but I would probably never get back on a plane if I had to sit through that...
     
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  17. Jaysummer

    Jaysummer New Member

    This is a ground view from Chatanooga, TN 2-19-14. dea1482e4fb9fa7f3e25779491d0b731_1024[1].
     

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  18. Jaysummer

    Jaysummer New Member

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    This is my original photo today around 5pm. 1pm had total blue skies.
     
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  19. Pete Tar

    Pete Tar Moderator Staff Member

    IMAG0692.
     
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  20. KC-10FE

    KC-10FE Active Member


    It looks a lot like those airliners are flying on IFR airways much like these. Here are a couple of pictures of IFR enroute charts that those pilots would have in their possession.

    A flight path or airway is a designated route in the air. Airways are defined with segments within a specific altitude block, corridor width, and between fixed geographic coordinates for satellite navigation systems, or between ground-based radio transmitter navigational aids(navaids) (such as VORs or NDBs) or the intersection of specific radials of two navaids.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_route
    Enrt_Jepp.

    IFR_high_altitude_en_route_chart_-_Brasilia_-_UW2,_UZ6_airways.


    Here is an awesome video showing the amount of air traffic in the world!

    http://wn.com/world_airline_traffic_24-hour_time_lapse_amazing!!!
     
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  21. Mark Barrington

    Mark Barrington Active Member

    Nothing particularly remarkable about these clouds, I just thought they were pretty. (taken March 1, 2014 on Southwest flight 2183 between Ft. Lauderdale and Austin). Best guess of location is somewhere near Houston, probably still over water.

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  22. Joe

    Joe Senior Member

    [​IMG] [​IMG]2-18-2014 Vero Beach Florida
     
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  23. WeedWhacker

    WeedWhacker Senior Member

    @ "Jaysummer": Question -- are you claiming that the photo you posted is one you took personally?

    Asking because there is a logo in the lower right corner which reads as "SkyderAlert.com"

    Could you please verify the provenance of that image? Because, it looks very familiar to me, as if I'd seen it associated for several years on sites claiming it as "proof" of so-called "chem"trails.
     
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  24. Jazzy

    Jazzy Closed Account

    The microspherular dust on the surface of the Moon exhibits the same effect (as cloud droplets do). It came up in the thread about Moonbuggy tracks not showing up in photos (ergo "they never went to the Moon" twaddle).

    It happens when you observe reflective spherules when they are illuminated with sunlight from behind you, or when typical vehicle reflector material is illuminated by your headlights at night.

    "Glory" was the word I couldn't recall at that time. Thanks for that. :)
     
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  25. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Moving "a cloud highway" to skydentify for discussion
     
  26. KC-10FE

    KC-10FE Active Member

    A couple big clouds from the other day, and the edge of a thunderstorm we were trying to avoid from last night in the last pic

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    A couple of F/A18F Super Hornets doing a gratuitous photo shoot..and some clouds
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  27. M Bornong

    M Bornong Senior Member

    DSCF0481c. A halo with intersecting contrails and shadows. Sunday, March 9, 2014, 9:10 am over Bakersfield CA. View attachment 6419
     
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  28. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    This is what I was doing the past few days, contrail hunting skiing in Mammoth, California.
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  29. WeedWhacker

    WeedWhacker Senior Member

    I am SO jealous!! I once flew a B-95 (TravelAire) up to Mammoth for a ski trip, with a few friends, back in (mumble. mumble) 1979!!! I really liked that ski area, as an alternate to the more easily-reached Big Bear, as it relates to the Los Angeles area, and other local ski sites.

    As I lived back East for so many years, my skiing skills have dwindled...last great ski trip was to Telluride, in 1994.

    Ah, well....last time I skied was on February 1, 2003...(In West Virgina..."SnowShoe" resort) the day that Shuttle Columbia was lost on re-entry. Seared into my memory.

    Sorry for this off-topic rant. Those are beautiful photos of great contrails and cirrus, as we know. BTW, as you also know, that part of the World is heavily traveled daily, by regularly scheduled airline flights.

    I hope those in the audience will realize this fact.
     
  30. NoParty

    NoParty Senior Member

    Stupid dog got in the way of what I thought were some pretty clouds… ;)

    Clods & dog r.
     
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  31. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Going to places like Mammoth is quite a stark contrast to Los Angeles in terms of contrails, and the amount of overcast they cause. I live in a crappy place for contrail spotting, relegated to mostly San Diego traffic. Mammoth gets a lot more heavy planes, and is 9000 feet closer to them.

    It's also had traffic for quite a while. I took the following photo in March 2003. It's from about the same spot (base of Broadway, you can match up the mountains on the right)
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    I have zero recollection of seeing contrails that day. As far as I remember it was a lovely sunny day with blue skies.
     
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  32. WeedWhacker

    WeedWhacker Senior Member

    Yes indeed, I understand completely. It is important to note that Mammoth Lakes, California lies in an area over-flown by MANY departures (EDIT)...and arrivals, to and from KSFO (or, San Francisco International Airport).

    (EDIT again)...as compared to Los Angeles, and we are on a coast. Only some over-flights, and these are headed in or out-bound from the Pacific destinations.

    Again....skyvector.com is a great resource, for understanding how the high altitude airspace system functions. I recommend it highly.

    So, I am in total agreement.

    Also, side-bar...this thread includes many HUGE-format images...and even my DSL Internet connection is slow to load the full page, each time. I'm sure you will understand.
     
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  33. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Yeah, the current setup is not ideal for photo-album type threads. Might have to do a bit more work on it.
     
  34. WeedWhacker

    WeedWhacker Senior Member

    Thumbs UP!! :cool:
     
  35. M Bornong

    M Bornong Senior Member

    Maybe we should all start compressing, if it's a photo(s) that are more for enjoyment. If the photo moves into discussion and needs analysis then download the full size.
     
  36. deirdre

    deirdre Moderator Staff Member

    it's not that bad.
     
  37. Pete Tar

    Pete Tar Moderator Staff Member

    Handsome fella.
     
  38. NoParty

    NoParty Senior Member

    I'm not sure how you know…

    but it is a nice looking dog, as well. Thanks.
     
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  39. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    I've thumbnailed some of the larger files. Should help.
     
  40. Joe

    Joe Senior Member

    [​IMG][​IMG]Coming into Atlanta Via DC march 9th 6:45 pm
     
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  41. Josh Heuer

    Josh Heuer Active Member

    A squiggly contrail... image.

    And the same area like 2 minutes later:
    image.
     
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