Note: Click HERE for the full-res version, HERE for a worthwhile closeup, HERE for another, equally amazing example.
Iridescent rainbow clouds: do they rain gold coins? No, not even the ones with chocolate inside. Disappointing, I know. Also: my life. God, can you tell I'm getting depressed? I'm getting depressed. Happy thoughts, GW, happy thoughts. Butterflies and zebras and moonbeams and fairy tales...that's all I ever wanna think about -- riding with the wind. Okay I think that helped a little. At least enough to copy/paste a paragraph, write another one after that, then spend the rest of the evening crying in the back of my closet.
Pictured, behind this darker cloud, is a pileus iridescent cloud, a group of water droplets that have a uniformly similar size and so together diffract different colors of sunlight by different amounts. The above image was taken...by chance by a photographer in Ethiopia.
Damn Mother Nature, you cray-cray. I'm serious, why you gotta make it so hard for a man to be happy? "Don't blame me, human -- it's not nature, it's nurture." Ugh -- well that's a pretty bitchy thing to say!
What on earth! [estherhavens] (the photographer)
A Pileus Iridescent Cloud Over Ethiopia [nasa]
Rare Iridescent Cloud [buzzfeed]
Thanks to Claire, who followed a rainbow all the way to the end only to find a toiletful of glitter. RIPOFF!
Did you know blowing out a candle makes 'lil rainbows in the smoke? Of course you did, they probably teach this shit in schools now. When I was in school we didn't learn anything about rainbows except RON J BIZ or whatever.
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This is Mt. Rainier in Washington state casting its shadow on the clouds above at sunrise. You know, because mountains can do that. Also: be brokeback. It's true, I remember seeing a movie about it once. The Notebook maybe?
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Clouds: sometimes they look like dinosaurs. Other times they might look Yoda, Jabba the Hutt or a viking ship. And even OTHER times, they look like this this. A unique formation some meteorologists want to classify as a new type of cloud, and give a name. Give a name -- h... / Continue →