Sun rising over stratus blanket

Sunrise over stratus cloud, seen from a London-Nairobi flight on 25 Sept 1979.

Back in those days, my (very portable) camera was often with me, and flights to and from Kenya were vast photo opportunities – here I’m flying south, and sitting on the left of the plane to catch the sunrise.

Below, the world is shrouded in a great blanket of stratus cloud, and the low angle light of the sunrise reveals the cotton wool textures on the cloudbank’s upper surface.

Stratus is the name for clouds that form a layer or stratum, whereas clouds that consist of many discrete parts – sometimes looking like lots of balls of cotton wool – are known as cumulus.  Cirrus clouds are the thin veils of vapour that form high up in the atmosphere.  These three cloud types all intergrade to give, for example, stratocumulus, a cloud that is in layers that consist of individual smaller cloudlets.

OM-1 with 50mm Zuiko; Agfa CT18 colour slide rated at 64 ISO; Color Efex Pro 4; Dfine 2.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. Malin H says:

    Beautifully written, my friend. And about the image; breathtaking indeed!


  2. Meanderer says:

    How lovely. Makes one want to get out and walk on it!


  3. paula graham says:

    Always a mesmerizing view. Lovely light of course.


  4. Just a puddle to Kenya on the way for some lunch and a photo or two have fun, or work I suppose stay in touch, hope to see some cool images like the one here, this one is just breathe taking


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