Enjoying EarthSky? Subscribe.

261,996 subscribers and counting ...

Rat-shaped cloud, with virga

“What was interesting … was the development of a small upside-down cumulus on the underside of the cloud head from which delicate curtains of virga could be seen descending.”

March 1, 2017 photo by Peter Lowenstein in the hills above Mutare, Zimbabwe.

Here’s another example of pareidolia, a developing cumulonimbus driven by the heat of the late afternoon sun, that appeared rat-shaped (photo above). What is interesting, apart from the unusual pareidolic form, was the development of a small upside-down cumulus on the underside of the cloud head (second image) from which delicate curtains of virga could be seen descending and evaporating (third image).

The pictures were taken using a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 camera in intelligent auto mode with up to x60 zoom magnification.

As I may have mentioned before, I am not sure if it is the favorable location here in Mutare – and/or mother nature being very kind – that can make living and taking photographs up here an almost religious experience?

Quite uncanny!

March 1, 2017 photo by Peter Lowenstein in the hills above Mutare, Zimbabwe.

March 1, 2017 photo by Peter Lowenstein in the hills above Mutare, Zimbabwe.

Bottom line: Rat-shaped cloud, with virga, by Peter Lowenstein.

More photos of pareidolia: Seeing things that aren’t there

Peter Lowenstein

MORE ARTICLES