Cloud Carpet Across the Alps

September 28, 2011

Cloud_carpet

Photographer: Hans van Hoogstraten; Hans's Web page
Summary Author: Hans van Hoogstraten; Jim Foster

This stratocumulus cloud deck is blanketing the Jungfrau, the third highest mountain of the Bernese Alps, after Finsteraarhorn and Aletschhorn. The photo was snapped at approximately 11,500 ft (3,505 m) above sea level. At such altitudes, mountain slopes are still snow covered even in mid to late summer, as can be seen in the foreground. On this day, it seemed as though you could walk across the billowy carpet of clouds to the adjacent ranges.  Photo taken on July 25, 2011.