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Cumulonibus Mammatus

Cumulonibus Mammatus
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Copyright: CArlos Prieto (Panthiades) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 74] (465)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-23
Categories: Sky
Exposure: f/4.8
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-03-04 1:17
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Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This cloud formation was observed in the midle day of 23th eptember in the "Purace" National Natural Park.

Mammatus (also known as mammatocumulus, meaning "bumpy clouds") is a meteorological term applied to a cellular pattern of pouches hanging underneath the base of a cloud. The name "mammatus" is derived from the Latin mamma (breast), due to the resemblance between the shape of these clouds and human female breasts.
Mammatus are most often associated with the anvil cloud that extends from a cumulonimbus, but may also be found under altocumulus, altostratus, stratocumulus, and cirrus clouds, as well as contrails and volcanic ash clouds.
Mammatus may appear as smooth, ragged or lumpy lobes and may be opaque or semitransparent. Because mammatus occur as a grouping of lobes, the way they clump together can vary from an isolated cluster to a field of mamma that spread over hundreds of kilometers to being organized along a line, and may be composed of unequal- or similarly-sized lobes. The individual mammatus lobe average diameters of 1-3 km and lengths on average of 0.5 km. A lobe can last an average of 10 minutes, but a whole cluster of mamma can range from 15 minutes to a few hours. Their composition is usually mostly ice, but can be a mixture of ice and liquid water or almost entirely liquid water. FROM: Wikipedia

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Hi Carlos!

You have captured a fabulous, very dramatic and impressive sky. The cloud formations are beautiful, and your notes are as interesting as helpful.

I would suggest (workshop) to crop the bottom of the picture in order to preserve only the patterns of the clouds. The summit of the mountains are a bit disturbing.

Kind regards


Hi, this is fabulous, happy to have some dimension by the lonely tree(?)down under, I would have liked to see more vegetation like that. Anyhow, a great shot! CarOze

Hola Carlos,
ufa! me quede sin puntos!! pero esta foto necesita tooodos los puntos! es muy buena!
parece una radiografía! es genial, me encanta el POV y los colores; el foco también está bueno.
Como dice Heaven, tal vez habría que cortarle el morro que sobresale en la parte de abajo.
Gracias por compartir, que tengas muy buen dia

This is a great capture carlos....never seen something like this. Very informative note.


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