Incredibly, impossibly beautiful time lapse video

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May 4 2011 10:57 AM

Incredibly, impossibly beautiful time lapse video

I've been posting a lot of time lapse videos lately, and they're so amazing I keep thinking they can't possibly get any more beautiful.

I keep thinking wrong.

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"El Cielo de Canarias" (Canary Sky) is simply, unbelievably breathtaking.

Wow. I mean, wow. Daniel López is a gifted photographer. While looking at his photographs, my jaw literally dropped. They are that extraordinary.

Many years ago I visited La Palma, one of the Canary Islands, for a meeting. In the distance we could sometimes see the very top of Mt. Teide, seen in this video, poking over the clouds. It was so unearthly and captivating, and López has captured that feeling here. This video has everything! The fluid motion of the clouds, a double rainbow (yes, yes, I know), a corona around the Sun (not the Sun's atmosphere, but a lovely optical effect from water droplets in the clouds), standing-wave lenticular clouds, even a Green Flash! Watch the stars as they wheel across the view; can you spot the Pleiades, the Andromeda Galaxy?

As many of these videos as I have seen, I'm still looking forward to more from Sr. López. This one is absolutely stunning.

Tip o' the lens cap to Felipe Gallego.



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