An Iridescent (Rainbow) Cloud in Himalaya

By Oleg Bartunov

I observed rainbow (iridescent) clouds early morning on October 18, 2009 from trail to Khumjung, just 500 meters from road fork to Gokyo and Tengboche. I was ahead of my friends, so when I met my Annapurna buddy, who was going to Khumjung (to see Yeti scalp) I decided to go with him for a while. We sat on stones to talk and drink my green tea and suddenly I saw this spectacular phenomena . It was my first time I saw this phenomena and luckily I had my Nikon D90, so I was able to capture it. I called other people’s attention (english women) to this, but not sure if they succeeded to capture it with their soap-camera. I was lucky, while my friends miss these clouds. Turbulence, ice crystals in the low cloud and wonderful Himalaya produce this great picture. The mountain is Thamserku (6623 m).

An Iridescent (Rainbow) Cloud in Himalaya

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