10 Amazing Cloud Shapes

An amazing collection of photographs – recognisable shapes in the clouds – can you tell what it is yet?

It was William Wordsworth who penned the immortal lines “I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills”
in his timeless poem – The Daffodils.

Personally, if I was going to personify clouds, I wouldn’t describe them as lonely…I see them more as mischievous, and every now and again, someone with the foresight to carry a camera, catches them in the act of mimicking what they see below them….before they re-disperse into in-coherent innocence.

Outline of the UK

As a resident of the United Kingdom, I was particularly impressed to find that this particular familiar geographical outline had been spotted in the clouds on more than one occasion!



UFO’s are hot news at the moment, and you could be forgiven if you mistook these peculiar lenticular cloud formations as visitors from outer space.

UFO.jpg ufo cloud image by moko_gorila


Man’s best friend – following man wherever he goes – even across the skies!

dog cloud.jpg 100_2155.jpg That Cloud Looks Like A Dog image by HopELastS130


For all you romantics out there – can you feel the love?

love-heart-cloud.jpg Weird! image by Cunkaka89

heart_cloud.png heart cloud image by worldsapart76


These are my favourite! – as human beings we are biologically pre-disposed to see faces in chaos – I particularly admire the nerve of the photographer of the second photograph – I think that if I saw that image in the sky, I would be running in the opposite direction.

Picture5.jpg TCU - face cloud eats a berry image by rashmastermaninstorm.jpg image by CrashTwice


You may have to use your imagination to a small degree to see the bird images in the following photographs – when you get it they are quite stunning.

WhiteBird.jpg White Bird Cloud image by Squatchit100_0597.jpg Bird cloud image by Bett_174


The Hubble telescope recently released a photograph of an image resembling an eye in deep space – dubbed the eye of God – these are equally impressive …the hands of God.

gods_hand_cloud.jpg Gods hand image by haleylovemom525898326_3f364c3f79_m.jpg cloud hand image by 1zuzax1


This photograph would make a great poster for a reflexology centre, or even a shoe shop – try our shoes …your feet will feel like they are walking on clouds!

IMGP0559-1.jpg The Foot Cloud in Key West image by marjaymarjay


I am not sure where in the world this photograph was taken, but it could well be Amity Island! Be afraid….be very afraid!!

sharkcloud.jpg shark cloud image by sunburntbanana


I use the term “horses” quite loosely – as one of these photographs bears more resemblance to a donkey or a llama.

Dancing_Horse_in_the_Sky_by_Hubzay.jpg Dancing Horse cloud image by txreb10ddf182.jpg rocking horse cloud image by colorxthexsky

If you have enjoyed these images and like me, you may find yourself gazing up at the sky a little more often, don’t forget to keep your camera to hand, just in case a familiar, amusing shape forms before your eyes.

If you happen to snap a curious cloud formation and wish to share it or, failing that If your appetite is whetted for more interesting cloud tomfoolery, there is (believe it or not) a cloud appreciation society


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29 Responses to “10 Amazing Cloud Shapes”
  1. hfj Says...

    On June 23, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Unbelievable pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  2. HeyZel Says...

    On June 23, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Cool. I love the hearts. Thank you!

  3. C Jordan Says...

    On June 23, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Great stuff s. Very enjoyable. Well put together.

  4. J J Neuman Says...

    On June 24, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    I never looked at them as mischievous…or mimicking what they see below but I agree….and, this really proves it….maybe they have minds of their own….exeptional stuff!

  5. Meow Says...

    On June 26, 2009 at 7:01 am

    You should mention the source of the pictures

  6. R J Evans Says...

    On June 27, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Really enjoyed this article – good read and some cool, pithy comments! Blogged at webphemera.com

  7. getgoing09 Says...

    On June 27, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    people like this , im going to like it too , because the shark is hott

  8. cazzy Says...

    On June 30, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Fantastic pictures wish we could see some more

  9. Anjenette@wonderfulworld Says...

    On July 1, 2009 at 1:59 am

    wow! its all fantastic……..
    all pictures are amazing…..
    i can’t wait to have all this pictures in my profile…
    iwish i could see some more…

  10. Melody SJAL Says...

    On July 2, 2009 at 2:25 am

    These cloud formations are indeed amazing. Great!

  11. BluSphere Says...

    On July 2, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Thats nice! I like the hands.that was awesome

  12. OmarRocks Says...

    On July 14, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    wow really nice shapes , i never saw anything so defined cloud wise :)

  13. An Offline Person Says...

    On August 3, 2009 at 1:43 am

    thanks for sharing

  14. Mike Thomas Says...

    On September 16, 2009 at 6:46 am

    Great article! Beware of photo manipulation. I question the legitimacy of these, but by doing so I further prove how awe worthy they really are!

  15. theSVK Says...

    On September 20, 2009 at 6:48 am

    good article and really amazing photos if they have not been photoshopped

  16. Henri Says...

    On August 31, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Love heart cloud .. very lucky shot :D

  17. Patricia Says...

    On November 4, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    What great pic’s.

  18. srusht Says...

    On November 8, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    wow wow wow amazing indeed i never saw any thing like this but i wish to see and i wonder how and why these clouds take these shapes????????

  19. Phillip Torsrud Says...

    On November 17, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Very nice and amazing pictures. Such formations can often be seen near mountains and near the ocean.

  20. Agnes Chin Says...

    On November 21, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    the shark looks scary. I like the UK map

  21. mostpopulararticle Says...

    On January 11, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Your Triond feed was subscribed by The Triond Experiment blog and when your articles happen to be related to the blog posts, your article links are automatically pulled up and attached with the blog posts as “Related Articles”.

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  22. lolontka Says...

    On March 3, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Wow, the shark one is especially amazing. Loved these pictures.

  23. Alex Photography Says...

    On March 6, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Wow some amazing cloud shots here.

  24. rawritsjessica13 Says...

    On June 21, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Nice pictures! These were amazing! Keep up the outstanding articles!

  25. Liliandil Says...

    On November 4, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    love the horses. looks like a caspian! i have one

  26. SANA Says...

    On January 5, 2012 at 2:44 pm



  27. bhat sadhana Says...

    On July 25, 2012 at 10:24 am

    dear cloudographers,
    good wishes and blessings.
    you gathered those drops of sight showers .very nice work.
    thank you.-RASP

  28. mhsadhana Says...

    On July 25, 2012 at 10:58 am

    dear cloudographers,
    good wishes and blessings.
    those God\’s hands can be commented like this:
    Scienceray shot xrays of God\’s hands excellently.
    thank you.

  29. Jessica mahoney Says...

    On November 28, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    We were awarded an education grant to develop a Psychology game to demonstrate the elements of psychology. We came across your photos and were wondering if you would allow for us to use your photo for our game. The game will be available to our students free of cost and will also be available in the creative commons.

    1) Did you create any of the photos?
    2) If so, could we get your permission to use the image in our game and place it in the creative commons. Also, if you would like us to give you credit, please let us know what you would like your credit to look like (in terms of name, etc.)
    3) If not, could you assist in directing us to the original photo to obtain copyright permissions?

    We are in a very tight time crunch, so we look forward to hearing from you soon. (jessica.mahoney@frontrange.edu)

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