Clouds swirl like ocean waves in time-lapse video filmed in the Swiss Alps [Video]
Sea or sky? Clouds swirl like ocean waves in mesmerizing video shot thousands of feet in the Swiss Alps
- Scenes filmed from Scex-Riond show a thick blanket of clouds over a valley
- The Valais valley had a layer of stratus clouds when Olivier Staiger captured it
- The time-lapse features the famous Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn near the Italian-Swiss border as well as the lesser known Grand Combin
Clouds resemble ocean waves in spectacular time-lapse footage shot from a mountain top in the Swiss Alps.
Olivier Staiger’s stunning footage shows low-lying stratus clouds stretching across the valley below Scex-Riond Peak.
In the high-resolution video, horizontal layers of moisture-filled air come and go like the sea, against the peaks, which include the 14,154-foot (4,314 m) Grand Combin mountain near the southern border of Switzerland with Italy.
The video was created by the adventurous photographer using time-lapse mode on his Canon camera which took a frame every three seconds.
Mr Staiger is proud to be a thrill-seeker, claiming on his Twitter profile to be a guide to the Northern Lights, a thunderstorm hunter and an eclipse hunter.
The camera is pointed south across Valais towards Italy and the famous peaks of Mont Blanc and Matterhorn can be seen in the distance.
The type of cloud in these images is a stratus cloud characterized by horizontal layers.
Some call these clouds “high fog” because of their hazy appearance.
The time lapse shows clouds forming like waves over a number of hours with the breathtaking backdrop of the Swiss Alps including Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn with the lesser known Grand Combin (rear -central plan) seen from Scex-Riond
In places, stratus clouds appear to be a thick blanket over the Valais valley along the Italian-Swiss border
Stratus clouds can often produce light drizzle or snow and a typical “cloudy day” is usually made up of these types of clouds.
It is essentially above ground fog formed either by the lifting of the morning fog or when cold air moves at low altitude over an area.