On A Blue Canvas by Liza Barlow

7/01/12 375 views

This Photo was top 12 in ‘The Weather Channel Photo Competition’ 2012 and will feature in the 2012 Weather Channel Calender .


I just loved how the clouds look like they were painted in the sky.

This photo was taken near Mount Kaputar National Park, Narrabri, NSW Australia. Early August when our weather is much warmer. It is late winter/early spring.

Where stable moist air flows over a mountain or a range of mountains, a series of large-scale standing waves may form on the downwind side. If the temperature at the crest of the wave drops to the dew point, moisture in the air may condense to form lenticular clouds. As the moist air moves back down into the trough of the wave, the cloud may evaporate back into vapor. Under certain conditions, long strings of lenticular clouds can form near the crest of each successive wave, creating a formation known as a ‘wave cloud.’ The wave systems cause large vertical air movements and so enough water vapor may condense to produce precipitation. The clouds have been mistaken for UFOs (or “visual cover” for UFOs) because these clouds have a characteristic lens appearance and smooth saucer-like shape. Bright colors (called Irisation) are sometimes seen along the edge of lenticular clouds.1 These clouds have also been known to form in cases where a mountain does not exist, but rather as the result of shear winds created by a front.

Taken with a Sony DSLR-A300


  • Sheri Bawtinheimer
    Sheri Bawtinhe...about 4 years ago

    The clouds are very cool… looks like they are dancing!
    Nice shot!

  • Thank you Sheri.

    – Liza Barlow

  • David McMahon
    David McMahonabout 4 years ago

    The thumbnail had me completely intrigued. Those clouds are amazing!

  • Thank you David, glad you took a look.

    – Liza Barlow

  • dorden
    dordenabout 4 years ago

    amazing clouds. nice shot

  • Thanks, nature has some wonderful pictures for us.

    – Liza Barlow

  • BarbL
    BarbLabout 4 years ago

  • nice, glad it was liked. Thanks Liza.

    – Liza Barlow

  • annieannie
    annieannieabout 4 years ago

    reminds me of fine white lawn fabric
    billowing in a breeze
    lovely xx

  • Nature sometimes puts on a good show for us. These clouds didn’t last long, they just did there dance ( as Sheri mentioned) and then they were gone.

    – Liza Barlow

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks Ann.

    – Liza Barlow

  • Qnita
    Qnitaabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful clouds!

  • We find artwork in all sorts of places.

    – Liza Barlow

  • Leon Heyns
    Leon Heynsabout 4 years ago

    Very nice cloud formation.

  • Thank you Leon, although i didn’t have anything to do with how they arranged themselves, :) I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.

    – Liza Barlow

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanabout 4 years ago

    Such an amazing image Liza … I just love that cloud formation especially against the blue sky♥

  • Thank you Bev, I have to say you have a few portfolios that I like too, particularly Lake Macquarie,Hawkesbury and shacks. thanks.Liza

    – Liza Barlow

  • Carole Russell
    Carole Russellabout 4 years ago

    Great capture – clouds are wonderful!

  • Thank you for having a look, Liza

    – Liza Barlow

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