Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Time Lapse

El Cielo de Canarias / Canary sky - Tenerife from Daniel López on Vimeo.

Here's a fascinating time lapse montage showing changing weather and night illumination on the island of Tenerife. The explanation (links take you to more information):
Visible in the above time-lapse movie include clouds that seem to flow like water, a setting sun that shows numerous green flashes, the Milky Way Galaxy rising behind towering plants, a colorful double fogbowlenticular clouds that appear stationary near their mountain peaks, and colorful moon coronas. The above video was shot solely from the Teide National Park on Tenerife in the Canary Islands of Spain, off the north west coast of Africa. The video also features an unusual type of plant in several scenes -- can you identify it?


12 comments:

jeff jordan said...

Giant Lobelia?

Jon Hrubesch said...

I love these time lapse videos.

MrCachet said...

I only wish I could see the green...

ibisbill said...

Truly amazing. I'll never look at clouds the same again.

David Teter said...

MrCachet, click the underlined 'green flashes' in the explanation. I couldn't see them either until I did.
You can also read what causes it.

What was also cool was the camera was moving while filming the time lapse.

Steve said...

Wonderful! Was anyone else struck by how much the clouds against the mountains resembled foamy waves surging against a rocky shore?

James Gurney said...

Steve, yes, that struck me (and puzzled me). I suppose there must have been a cold layer of air that the clouds floated on top of, and that the layer propagates slow waves just as a water surface might do.

Christopher said...

i believe they are echiums

Christopher said...

Echium Wildpretii

Steve said...

Jim, I believe a layer of cold air would be above the clouds (not below), defining the zone beyond which warm, moist air could not rise. I'm reading those cloud surges as the turbulent pulse of thousands of moisture-laden parcels of warm air rising upward and slithering underneath a ceiling of cold air.

Maia Sanders said...

Tower of Jewels, they grow in lots of old gardens in SF bay area. We have a naturalized version here as well, excaped from gardens I suppose, "Pride of Madeira" both are Echiums.
also, thanks for providing a soothing moment for us this morning :)

MrCachet said...

Thanks for the tip on the green flashes! Also I'd like to note I have seen clouds being created UNDERNEATH where we were standing on what is known as the Dryhead Overlook in the Pryor Mountains of Montana. We actually flew kites from atop the Overlook and watched them disappear in the clouds being generated off the face of this cliff.