Heaven of pearls
Category: Outdoor Scenes
Photo and caption by Bjørn Andre Hagen
A heaven full of icecrystals and almost as pearls. Mother-of-pearl clouds or nacreous clouds consist of ice crystals that catches the light from a vey low sun that is lover than the horizon. The sun breaks the ice crystals at the same way as a prism and shows a wonderfull color schema. These clouds is only valid in the polar areas between December and Februrary, when the atmosphere is at the coldest stage. The clouds are in the height of 20-30 km up in the air, and therefore more than double of the height as normal clouds(cirrus).
Location: Andebu, Vestfold Norway