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War of the Worlds Cloud by John deLaubenfels
Tuesday, 21st June 2011

War of the Worlds Cloud

by John deLaubenfels

Taken just before sunset on Monday June 13, 2011 from Longmont Colorado looking south. I've seen a lot of clouds but never one quite like this!
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D
John deLaubenfels
I'm a professional programmer and long-time photographer living in Colorado.

War of the Worlds Cloud by John deLaubenfels was photo of the day on Tuesday, 21st June 2011. It is tagged , , . You can leave a comment below.



21st June 2011 at 2:08 am

Nor have I ever seen a formation anything like this one! Great title for the shot though. It surely brings to mind a hostile space ship. And the lighting of gray and white is perplexing, almost like a hint of the individual bodies or spirits that make up the vessel.

21st June 2011 at 2:19 am

Wow! that’s some cloud formation!! What an amazing capture! Truly stunning.

21st June 2011 at 2:45 am

This is like out of a movie. Very cool!!

21st June 2011 at 2:53 am

My goodness you shure have a good eye and a ready camera. Good job.

21st June 2011 at 4:14 am

Love the clouds lately. We have had very dramatic clouds on the east coast lately. It’s mesmerizing. Thanks for sharing. Michelle


21st June 2011 at 7:17 am

molto molto bella

Jennifer E

21st June 2011 at 8:12 am

Wow, its been quite a year for our sky!

mary blankenship

21st June 2011 at 8:25 am

Nice shot,worth the wait,and love the light. Well done!

21st June 2011 at 8:48 am

Very unusual; great job capturing it.

21st June 2011 at 9:57 am

Good stuff. This is my real job, Meteorology and this is a very beautiful capture of a cumulonimbus incus. Rather, the mature stage of a thunderstorm. Looks to be some intense wind shear aloft depicted by the very crisp edges and ceiling that do not look frayed. These kind of storms usually turn into super cells and last for hours in contrast with the normal life span of a cloud. Sorry… I can ramble on all day. Love clouds and this is an excellent Capture. Well done!!!

21st June 2011 at 10:00 am

Gorgeous-rare in life.


21st June 2011 at 12:09 pm

simply amazing


21st June 2011 at 12:31 pm

beautiful thank you DT for identifying the formation


21st June 2011 at 12:51 pm

Absolutely stunning ! Nice photography

21st June 2011 at 12:56 pm

wat a great shot, really amazing! impressive!

21st June 2011 at 1:41 pm

What a shot!

21st June 2011 at 1:48 pm

It is really amazing. Looks like the mushroom of smoke that the nuclear bomb made in Hiroshima or Nagashaki. It is really a great photo.

Mario Gustavo Fiorucci

21st June 2011 at 1:56 pm

Very unusual; great job capturing it.

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21st June 2011 at 2:23 pm

This pic is Absolutely Beautiful !

Anna Capaldi

21st June 2011 at 3:49 pm

Great capture – agree that it is very Sci Fi! Life imitating art!

21st June 2011 at 4:46 pm

Magnificent display and an awesome image!


21st June 2011 at 5:26 pm

Wow, this is like in that movie “Independence Day” when alien ships entered Earth’s atmosphere. Simply amazing shot, can’t see things like this every day thats for sure.

Tazmin A Shariff

21st June 2011 at 6:06 pm

V. sci-fi… This has a space-ship thing going… Amazing!

21st June 2011 at 6:19 pm

WOW! I would love to know how that cloud formed. Wonderful image!

Marie Dunphy Harding

21st June 2011 at 8:44 pm

Once in a lifetime capture, thank you for sharing this marvel!.
Rhoda, check out Dean’s impression.


21st June 2011 at 9:00 pm

Incredible!!! Wow!!

22nd June 2011 at 3:06 am

Oh wow that is just an incredible capture – beautifully done

23rd June 2011 at 8:38 pm

That is really neat! I love watching clouds!! Very nice capture!!

Rashid Mukoon

24th June 2011 at 7:45 am

I like to photographe clouds,and this one is marvellous,Thank you.

26th June 2011 at 12:31 am

I’ve never seen anything like this. I have to say it is a one in a million photo! Well done!

26th June 2011 at 12:48 pm

amazing work, great job

Caroline Rutter

23rd October 2015 at 6:40 pm

Fantastic. Can I draw on this image for an entry in a War of the Worlds poster competition they are running here in Woking where Wells wrote the book?

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