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© Giselle Goloy
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UploadedJune 17, 2008
TakenMay 18, 2008
ModelCanon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Exposure1/250 sec at f/11
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length28 mm
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I took this photo when I was at Jervis Bay, in the south coast of NSW. Little did I know that it would be so popular with family and friends. It was even used as one of the photos along with my mom's article in the Philippine Daily Inquirer. (Where in the world is Windang?, Published 1 June 2008).

One of my mom's friends, the first Filipina with a doctorate in physical oceanography and associate professor at the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute, Dr. Laura David, was so impressed with my photo that she asked permission to use it in her lectures. Dr. Laura says that these clouds are called Kelvin-Helmholtz Wave Clouds. She further explains that "lighter warmer air passing above denser colder can create shear. If the difference in the speed of the 2 layers is big enough this shear will induce clouds with wave-like appearance to develop between the two layers."

Isn't nature fascinating?

29 responses

  • Fred Scott

    Fred Scott gave props (17 Jun 2008):

    Beautiful shot and nature is extremely fascinating.

  • Giselle Goloy

    Giselle Goloy said (17 Jun 2008):


  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (17 Jun 2008):

    Totally amazing! I love your photo! Thanks for enlightening me.

  • malin bustamante

    malin bustamante (Deleted) gave props (6 Aug 2008):

    i love this!

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (11 Aug 2008):

    This is outstanding!!!

  • malin bustamante

    malin bustamante (Deleted) said (13 Aug 2008):

    Kelvin-Helmholtz, eh? imagine Harry Potter's broom being named after that! :D
    Very nice photo, Gissy!
    -Mela :)

  • Harlan Rand

    Harlan Rand gave props (30 Sep 2008):

    Nice to connect with a professional scientist. Thank you for sharing.

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (10 Oct 2009):

    nice caputer. I like the way you've framed it!

  • Giselle Goloy

    Giselle Goloy said (10 Oct 2009):

    Thanks, everyone! It ws also featured in the Cloud Appreciation Society's 2009 cloud calendar and their latest Cloud Spotters' Guide Book. (

  • Robert Parks

    Robert Parks gave props (11 Oct 2009):


  • Vic Brincat

    Vic Brincat gave props (12 Oct 2009):

    Cool cloud formations. Nice capture!

  • Cameron MacMaster

    Cameron MacMaster said (30 Oct 2009):


  • Nabeel Alam

    Nabeel Alam gave props (17 Dec 2009):

    Awesome looks like cloud sculpture!!

  • Sanne van de Berg

    Sanne van de Berg gave props (18 Dec 2009):

    Beautiful colours, voted!

  • Giselle Goloy

    Giselle Goloy said (18 Dec 2009):

    thanks, everyone! :) please vote if you think appropriate for this category. :)

  • Heaven Man

    Heaven Man gave props (2 Feb 2010):

    Excellent entry to the theme!!voted!

  • Miro Zselinsky

    Miro Zselinsky gave props (4 Feb 2010):


  • Irvin Kelly

    Irvin Kelly (Deleted) gave props (4 Feb 2010):

    Love those clouds.

  • Sara Knick

    Sara Knick gave props (6 Feb 2010):


  • Camille Susak

    Camille Susak gave props (13 Feb 2010):

    Very cool!

  • Eleanor Caputo

    Eleanor Caputo said (13 Feb 2010):

    The clouds mimic the waves of water. Very cool!!

  • Giselle Goloy

    Giselle Goloy said (14 Feb 2010):

    thanks, everyone! :)

  • muzamil masood

    muzamil masood gave props (15 Feb 2010):

    Beautiful capture!

  • Michaela K.

    Michaela K. gave props (17 Feb 2010):

    unbelievable cloud formation

  • Enrico Fergnani

    Enrico Fergnani said (19 Feb 2010):

    Great! Unbeliavable what nature is "naturally" strange....

  • Clara Granet

    Clara Granet said (28 Feb 2010):

    Awesome !!!

  • Daisy Kyle

    Daisy Kyle said (28 Feb 2010):

    as soon as i saw this i just knew that there would be about 100 comments! and i was right! it deserves it:) RAD

  • Karen Menyhart

    Karen Menyhart gave props (28 Feb 2010):

    Such a magical capture!

  • jan-louise haller

    jan-louise haller gave props (19 May 2010):

    Wow, so amazing !

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