I glanced out of the plane window and was mesmerized with this cloud "tower".
Not only was the shape of the cloud unusual, I loved the color combination
I decided to snap some shots of the clouds to show the kids when I got home.
They should have learned these types of clouds by now.
Cumulus, stratus, cirrus...
This particular flight took off at 5 pm, and it was perfect timing for the sunset.
After seeing some "regular" clouds, this big hunk of a cloud appears...
I got excited and snapped a number of shots.
The reflection of the setting sun on the cloud was dramatic.
Just like the other complementary colors green and red, purple and yellow--
blue and orange is a very striking color combination.
A quick internet search showed that this cloud 'tower' was a cumulo-nimbus--
just a typical "middle cloud" shape.
I don't remember learning all these cloud "combinations"--
nimbo-stratus, cirro-cumulus, cumulo-nimbus.
When did cloud names get hyphenated?
These clouds look like erupting volcanoes,
color theory geekspeak here
but it's actually the colors of the setting sun reflecting on the clouds.
I was happy to witness these dramatic colors of nature,
the color combination of which is echoed in so many interiors.
photo from House Beautiful