It’s a common occurrence in the Alps for a cloudless sky in the morning to be replaced by a slow build-up of Cumulus clouds over the mountains as the day progresses. Sometimes those cloud formations can be extraordinary, bizarre and dramatic, and often short-lived.
Lenticular clouds (Altocumulus Lenticularis) are a classic example of clouds that can develop over the tops of high mountains. There’s a useful article on Wikipedia about them, click here to open it.
I was descending back down from Almagelleralp into the Saas valley in the Valais Alps when these clouds started to form over the Mischabel mountains. It’s the type of display that stops you in your tracks to reach for the camera and capture the sight evolving in front of your eyes.
These three images span 10 minutes. Colour is almost a distraction, and personally I prefer the pure simplicity of the Black and White conversions. What do you think?
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