April 6, 2014

Cloud Shine

Photograph by Martin Koitmae, National Geographic Your Shot

“It was the most amazing night of my life so far,” says Your Shot member Martin Koitmae of capturing this noctilucent cloud over Estonia's Kuresoo bog, calling the silence of the moment “the loudest sound I’ve ever heard.”

Koitmae had never been to a bog before visiting this one in the country's Soomaa National Park. "It was an absolutely magical experience to see noctilucent clouds glowing and reflected by perfectly still bog pools and accompanied by complete silence."

Koitmae’s picture was recently included in a National Geographic Daily News gallery featuring these “night shining” clouds, which grace high-latitude sunsets around the globe.

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34 comments
Maree T.
Maree T.

That is absolutely gorgeous! 

Gopesh Sharma
Gopesh Sharma

Great shot, must be rare to see noctilucent clouds.

MeiG C.
MeiG C.

Beautiful photo and it seems there's either the moon or sun to the far right :) 

Vũ Thành
Vũ Thành

Can you share for everyone how parameter is?


Kieran Gregory
Kieran Gregory

Such an amazing shot, looks unreal. Made to look out of this world. 

Shannon T
Shannon T

Haunting. It looks like the clouds are fog on the water. Beautiful.

Janice H.
Janice H.

"Wonderland by night."          A magical place for" reflective" thought!          Enchanting.

Lawrence Sibley
Lawrence Sibley

This serene image of a luminous night sky reflected in the mirror surface of calm water, invokes the whispered, summoning call to our deeper self expressed in this aphorism - "Be still and know that I am."

B. Clark
B. Clark

It looks like the moon or a star Joy.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

What is that pinpoint if light mid center, right of the frame? j.e.s.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

This photograph is something else!  The beautiful lit up cloud, and its reflection on the bog, along with the different kinds of trees to enhance what is already a great serene,and lovely shot, taken in 'the sound of silence'. We thank you, j.e.s.......

Jennie Tsang
Jennie Tsang

A sense of borderless world ! A wonderful creature of natural beauty of combination of sky and lake !

Anastasia G.
Anastasia G.

Looks very soothing, I think. I love that cloud's colour- fresh bluish-white. 


Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

Wow that is beautiful. Looks so peaceful with no wind, not like where I come where the wind blows constantly.

Jan Eberts
Jan Eberts

Beautiful, makes me want to just sit and watch to see what happens when light comes.

Jamie S.
Jamie S.

It seems so simple and elegant...nice capture

Anju Baby
Anju Baby

I got no words to say. It looks So Serene!

willam miller
willam miller

“It was the most amazing night of my life so far,just like he said

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