Welsh Weather - the Mid-Wales image-library
Photography by John Mason of Machynlleth

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Themes - Weather: Storms - stormclouds, floods & damage Snow, ice, fog and frost Light: Rainbows, sundogs, noctilucent clouds, sunsets

Rainbows, Sundogs, Noctilucent Clouds, Sunsets & Sunrises

ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT JOHN S. MASON 2000-2011: NO REPRODUCTION WITHOUT PERMISSION.

The Gallery of Light

This gallery is all about spectacular optical phenomena. Rainbows are common enough but really good ones less so. Sundogs are relatively uncommon and the one offered here is exceptionally vivid. The ghostly Noctilucent Clouds are a rare Midsummer treat for those prepared to sacrifice a night's sleep, and of several sightings the incredible display of July 3rd 2011 was a mind-blowing experience to see: it was as close to natural psychedelia as I've ever witnessed. It's amazing to think that they occur at the Mesopause, 80km above Earth's surface - on the edge of Space itself!

Good sunsets and sunrises are as common here as anywhere else so I've tried to include some that are either excessively-colourful or unusual for other reasons, such as the incredible sunrise involving a stratocumulus deck complete with mammatus, that I caught by rapid-response tactics after spotting it from my bedroom window upon waking, first thing on a November morning in 2006 (row 6).

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Rainbow under gust-front, Dylife Rainbow under gust-front, Dylife Rainbow, Aberleri Double rainbow near Penygoes Rainbow beneath mammatus, Dylife
Rainbow over Trannon windfarm Rainbow over Ynyslas
Rainbow over Ynyslas
Midsummer Twilight, Borth Beach, July 2011 Midsummer Twilight, Borth Beach, July 2011
Sundog, Borth Beach Noctilucent Clouds - July 2009, Machynlleth Noctilucent Clouds - July 2009, Machynlleth Noctilucent Clouds - July 2009, Machynlleth Noctilucent Clouds over the Arans, July 2011
Noctilucent Clouds over the Arans, July 2011 Noctilucent Clouds over the Arans, July 2011 Noctilucent Clouds over the Arans, July 2011 Noctilucent Clouds over the Arans, July 2011 Noctilucent Clouds over the Arans, July 2011
Stormlight over Cardigan Bay Stormlight over Cardigan Bay Beautiful crepuscular rays over the Dyfi Valley Starburst of crepuscular rays over the sea Sunset at Borth, September 11th 2014 - telephoto featuring large sunspot
Incredible sunrise near Machynlleth - late November 2006
Sunrise with mammatus, Machynlleth Golf Course Incredible sunrise near Machynlleth - late November 2006
Sunset over Dyfi Estuary from Frongoch Sunset over Dyfi Estuary
Sunset, Tywyn Sunset over surf - Borth Full Moon reflected on sea, Borth, July 2011 Full Moon reflected on sea, Borth, July 2011 Full Moon reflected on sea, Borth, July 2011
rainbow at Ynyslas
rainbow at Ynyslas
Sunset storm at Borth
Wide, low-angled rainbow over Aberdyfi Bar
Crepuscular rays over Cardigan Bay from Borth


ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT JOHN S. MASON 2000-2011: NO REPRODUCTION WITHOUT PERMISSION.
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