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A Giant Cotton Candy Cloudship Enterprise

I was driving back from Vegas after CES back in January—in southeast California to be precise—and there was this killer cloud formation. It looked a lot like a spaceship. A giant cotton candy Enterprise. I posted one pic to Instagram—shown below—but threatened to post more of them on my blog. Nine months later, let’s do it!

One caveat: I like these pics, but they don’t do justice to what I saw that evening. The textures and swirls and layers that were in this formation…I’ve never seen anything like it before.

Here’s the Instagram post. I upped the brightness and lowered the contrast for the post:


On the road back from Vegas. This cloud formation was incredible. I’ll be posting more on my blog.

View on Instagram

But I actually like the same shot in its original form—especially the original crop:

Cloudship Enterprise
Cloudship Enterprise (Click the image for a larger version)

And here’s just a few seconds later, though it’s getting darker fast:

Closer Trucks
Closer Trucks (Click the image for a larger version)

I was annoyed I couldn’t many shots without cars and trucks, but came to like what they added to these shots. I did get one, however:

No cars
No cars (Click the image for a larger version)

Lastly, I pulled off the road again as night was falling—for real, yo. The formation had gotten smaller, but the reds were really coming on strong.

Even more red.
Even more red. (Click the image for a larger version)

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