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Beautiful Cloud Photography

Updated on July 23, 2015
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Most take for granted the beautiful canvas that rests above their heads, the refraction, reflection, and scattering of light in our atmosphere has and does produces some of the most vibrant colors on earth! No camera does these colors any justice but I've tried anyways! This hub will showcase some unique and beautiful cloud photography I have taken over the last year. From winter skies to summer storms and rainbows I have posted a few interesting and beautiful cloud photography. The first photo to the right was taken as a summer thunderstorm moved on by, the back edge clearing up as the sun was setting. The different shades of color and the battle between light and dark in this photograph brings texture to the photograph. You can almost see the clouds moving across the sky, tumbling together, small parts illuminated by the setting summer sun.

The first photograph in the thumbnail sequence below is just of a dark stormy day. I also love the texture of this photo, as well as the dark colors, it's so ominous! The second one is a more recent photograph, taken in March 2012 as the sun was setting. I caught that one as i was about to sit down for dinner and instead jumped up grabbed my camera and went outside. The third photograph in the thumbnails is actually the oldest one, dating back to January 2011, a cold winter sky. Even with pink in the sky the photograph feels cold! The fourth photograph is one of a building thunderstorm off to my north east, we had just missed it, however it gave me the great angle. The cloud almost looks like it is exploding! finally the last photograph in the thumbnails is one that I took as a thunderstorm was clearing out in the summer. Actually it is the same storm as the first photograph above was taken.


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I love this photo of dark stormy clouds, its so simple yet so ominous 8/1/11beautiful sky at sunset 3/24/12cold winter sky 1/22/11building thunderstorm in the distance 5/7/11storms moving out on an early fall night 9/29/11
I love this photo of dark stormy clouds, its so simple yet so ominous 8/1/11
I love this photo of dark stormy clouds, its so simple yet so ominous 8/1/11 | Source
beautiful sky at sunset 3/24/12
beautiful sky at sunset 3/24/12 | Source
cold winter sky 1/22/11
cold winter sky 1/22/11 | Source
building thunderstorm in the distance 5/7/11
building thunderstorm in the distance 5/7/11 | Source
storms moving out on an early fall night 9/29/11
storms moving out on an early fall night 9/29/11

Finally some photos where the clouds are not the only beauty in the sky. Below are a number of photos I took one late afternoon, after storms moved through. At first it was just one large rainbow but then out of the corner of my eye I saw the faintest hint of a double rainbow. In a matter of minutes there it was, although they didn't show up as brightly on camera, I was still able to catch them below!

Rainbows Too!

as the storms moved out on 9/29/11 a rainbow formed!
as the storms moved out on 9/29/11 a rainbow formed! | Source
then a faint double rainbow formed on 9/29/11
then a faint double rainbow formed on 9/29/11 | Source

Mammatus Clouds

On June 24th 2015, New England saw an impressive set up for a severe weather event. Parts of Connecticut experienced a long stretch of microbursts that caused damaged with it's 90 mph winds. As the storms moved through just before sunset, mammatus clouds were left in their wake.

Mammatus clouds are a cloud formations where pouches hang from the cloud based, almost like mammary glands. These clouds usually appear right after severe weather when the atmosphere is still slightly unstable. They are most common in the great plains of the United States.

However, on June 24th 2015, mammatus clouds were seen from Boston to Washington D.C. Along with these awesome clouds, many were treated to a beautiful sunset as well!

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The bubble like effect on the bottom of clouds are called Mammatus clouds. Mammatus clouds at sunset in Milford, CT. Mammatus clouds at sunset in Connecticut. Amazing sunset after Mammatus clouds on June 24, 2015 in Milford, CT.
The bubble like effect on the bottom of clouds are called Mammatus clouds.
The bubble like effect on the bottom of clouds are called Mammatus clouds. | Source
Mammatus clouds at sunset in Milford, CT.
Mammatus clouds at sunset in Milford, CT. | Source
Mammatus clouds at sunset in Connecticut.
Mammatus clouds at sunset in Connecticut. | Source
Amazing sunset after Mammatus clouds on June 24, 2015 in Milford, CT.
Amazing sunset after Mammatus clouds on June 24, 2015 in Milford, CT.

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      Brian Dooling 

      6 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks Debbie Roberts, your right there is beauty all around us , I'm glad you like the photos! The textures and colors you get from angry skies are awesome thanks for the votes!

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      Debbie Roberts 

      6 years ago from Greece

      I like the way that the snow on the rooftops is just visible in the dated 1/22/11. It's great that you take the time to try and capture the beauty that is all around us.

      I like angry skies and evening skies after a hot summers day.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Brian Dooling 

      6 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks fennelseed! I'm glad you enjoyed them and nope my food didnt get cold spit was a win win lol

    • BWD316 profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Dooling 

      6 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks passthejelly I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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      Annie Fenn 

      6 years ago from Australia

      I am also a cloud gazer and shared your excitement as you captured these beauties. I particularly love the first three of the thumbnails, hope your dinner didn't get cold, but glad you got the shot!!! I agree, the crisp red sunset with tree silhouettes does look chilly. Great photos, my votes and best wishes to you, BWD, from Fennelseed.

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      Mark Passarelli 

      6 years ago from Lakewood Colorado

      Excellent photos. Not the biggest fan of clouds but I really enjoyed the hub. Thanks!

    • BWD316 profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Dooling 

      6 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks lovedocter926 the first two our my favorite as well

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      Brian Dooling 

      6 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks mollymeadows I never thought this hub would bring such good memories to someone, I'm glad it did thanks for the comment

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      Brian Dooling 

      6 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks oceansnsunsets I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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      lovedoctor926 

      6 years ago

      Lovely images! The double rainbow is so cool! My favorite photos are the first and second one. vote up awesome!

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      Mary Strain 

      6 years ago from The Shire

      BWD, these are beautiful. I used to lie in the grass and look up at the sky as a child; these photos remind me of that. Now I'm all grownup and do that far less than I'd like. Thanks for the inspiring shots.

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      Paula 

      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      I love clouds, and your cloud photos were a joy to view. The different textures, colors and the rainbow were all great. Thanks for sharing these! Voted up, beautiful and interesting.

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