2019 Alpine view timelapse videos

It’s great to be back up here in Aime2000 and able to start these again. I’m putting an annotated framegrab here to name some landmarks. Click on the image to expand it.

Annotated view of the timelapse videos
Annotated view of the timelapse videos

4th of August 2019.  Not a complete day: I only reconstructed the recording system some time into the day and I forgot that the old ‘phone has to charged continuously otherwise it dies, which it did. It’s been a bright day with few clouds and almost none in the portion of the day caught here but I still think the clouds constantly rolling off Mont Blanc are calming and lovely to watch. Swallows flick in and out, frozen momentarily at each point when the coincided with the ‘phone taking a shot.

5th of August 2019. Making progress on the technological side but “only” 12 hours here as I hadn’t noticed that the Framelapse pro settings had somehow changed so it stopped after 12 hours rather than waiting for me to stop it. Scudding clouds and sunbursts through them. Shame it lost the sunset.

6th of August 2019.  Oh dear, no video.  The software I have been using, timelapse pro, seems to have lost some abilities (isn’t that the way with software “upgrades”?!) and my attempt to get it to record the whole, rather wonderful cloudy day here, failed as it seems to have lost the willingness to record until you press the record button again which was what I used to do to try to get a pretty full sunrise to sunset day. After I pressed record I found I had a tiny video, a few seconds of what was clearly the start of the recording, and a bit from the end, and some corruption of the images as well!  OK, trying a different app today (7th), fingers crossed!

7th of August 2019. This was a damp day and at my level the clouds would billow up and surround us reducing visibility to a couple of hundred metres then lifting again to give a view into the distance. Mont Blanc remained covered all day. The sad side of this is, as ever, the technology: I swaped from FrameLapse Pro as it mangled yesterday, to Lapse It and it has left off the last few hours of the day and the recording quality is horrible: blocky and marred by weird contouring artefacts. The search for good IT goes on! Very frustrating.

8th of August 2019.  And the saga continues!  It’s been a gloriously sunny day here today but my woes with the technology I am using to create these videos continue so instead of all the daylight hours condensed into about five minutes, what you have here, if I understand the date stamping on the video, is the first 15 minutes or so, condensed into two. That’s not what I wanted! Adding insult to injury, somehow the ‘phone is now picking up some reflection of me inside the room off the double glazing. I don’t have a clue why that suddenly seems intrusive. And there’s flare and some of the “contouring” distortion there was yesterday, though less. Oh dear, is this one step forward and two back, or the reverse. On the plus side, I thought it was a glorious dawn and I guess this catches that fairly well!

9th of August 2019. Yesterday (9th) was a day of blistering sun so perhaps the clouds aren’t as interesting as they are some days. This is supposed to be taking an image every 5secs and it starts before sunrise but stops after five minutes which, at 30fps should have given us 12.5 hours but this clearly stops around or before midday! Sorry!!

10th of August 2019. This was a real hubble, bubble day until mid afternoon when the sun finally burst through. This is supposed to be every seven seconds but it’s still not got through to sunset in 4minutes and 20 seconds of video. Either I’m dumb or the app doesn’t obey its parameters! I will try longer delay tomorrow.

11th of August 2019. At last, I’v got dawn to dusk! 8 seconds between frames and 4 minutes of final video. Glorious day with some lovely if brief rainbows towards the end. I didn’t see them live as I was cycling up the road but as not unwelcome rain hit me and the sun still shone I thought there would be!

12th of August 2019. A damp day of seething cloud and periods of complete white out made quite a dramatic video.

13th of August 2019. I missed the very first light but I really like the first minute or so here: the sun catches an extraordinary bubbling up of clouds from down in the valley and the theme of the day seemed to be of cumulus building much higher than usual, as if someone had the flame under the cloud cauldrons on too high.

14th of August 2019. I think that’s an amazing dawn and sunrise. Hm, which is which here? The sky lights up quite a bit before the sun actually emerges above the crest of the little peak and ridge to the right. Symmetrically, there’s a very satisfyingly seamless dusk and sunset. In between it became a fairly fiercely sunny day but the clouds bubbled away though slowly drying away in the heat.

15th of August 2019. Another beautiful dawn then quite a cloudy day and I found myself watching the shadows the clouds stippling, dappling and finally frankly scudding across the land.

16th of August 2019. Very little low cloud at all today so a very calm video. Another amazing dawn and the low cloud down in the valley burns off fast as the morning went on so my late morning cycle ride was in full sun. I like the clouds on the pasture slopes the other side of valley. I think I’m starting to understand a bit more of the physics of how, when and where they form!

17th of August 2019. Interesting day often with three clear layers of clouds (ignoring the contrails): fluffy short-lived low cumulus, a mix of higher “flying saucer” or lenticular clouds, and a lot of high cloud. That last kept the sun from really blitzing through until mid afternoon but even mid morning it dried my washing pretty fast! The whole day is bracketed by an eeyrie blue dawn and, with a quick brush of lovely pink, a fade out to a similarly blue dusk. Around 3 minutes and 40 seconds in Mont Blanc develops a particularly good set of clouds, almost stationary but not quite, very slowly reshaping and disappearing to the right. A bit before that there’s something I’ve not seen before: many of the low, rapidly forming and disappearing cumulus puffs have a sort of beret of lenticular cloud above them. I usually associate lenticular clouds with some sort of “stationary wave system” downwind of the mountain peaks. Clearly that wasn’t explaining these ones. Just when I think I’m intuiting some of the physics I realise I haven’t a clue!!

18th of August 2019. It’s been another very sunny day, another lovely dawn and dusk and a mix of cumulus scudding over speeded up here. Seen here, it feels like much more cloud than I remember as the day went by!

19th of August 2019. A day between blue bookends. Lovely blue dawn rapidly gives way to heavy cloud absolutely seething around, nice heavy rain shower hammers across L to R late morning (?) between us and Bourg St. Maurice (the town visible at times down in the valley, almost directly ahead). After some local rain later the clouds eventually lift late on and the day fades out in blue with hardly any pink as the sun sets.

23rd of August 2019. A distinctly unusual easterly (R to L) wind much of the day. I love the sunrise revealing a seemingly self-regenating torrent of very low cumulus down in the valley over Macot and Aime, invisible below us. It looks as if it is tumbling away down the valley off the to the SW (bottom L) and then the sun hits it and in the timelapse it’s gone in a few seconds. The easterly seems to create lovely bubbling and seething higher cumulus later in the day and there’s sun and a brief vivid rainbow right on the R of the view, just before the sun drops away finally.

24th of August 2019. A cloudless sunrise but by one minute in the far distance looks like a waterfall of cloud falling from the peaks and ridges. Seventy-five seconds in Rognais (see annotated view) and the other peaks to the left seem to be smoke signalling with cumulus which build into real cloud masses. By two minutes it’s clear, but only from the shadow over us, that there are similar pillars behind us. By late afternoon that all goes away but Mont Blanc and the Grandes Jourasses calve an enormous cloud which eventually goes off to the right as the sun sets. Unusual day!

25th of August 2019. This really was an almost cloudless day. Cumulus bubbles up off Grand Combin and the peaks to its right from about 110 seconds and that continues until not long before sunset which is a cloudless as the sunrise.

26th of August 2019. Cloudless sun and no clouds at all until 90 seconds in when cumulus starts to bubble above the peaks. About three minutes and twenty seconds in that is gradually replaced by some higher cloud from about 3’30” and that’s formed rather a fine layer by sunset.

27th of August 2019. A rather grey day dominated by cloud above us (cirrus?) but shortly before four minutes in a storm sweeps in and, if you watch carefully, one flash of lightning is caught rather well after 3’50” but of course it’s just one frame and I can’t grab it for the thumbnail for his video!

28th of August 2019. Cloud drama dominated from dawn to dusk by cast members from the low upper cloud families by which I think I mean from about 3km to 6km? All above me at 2.1km, some cutting below the top of Mont Blanc (4.7km) but most a bit above her summit. For the first 90 seconds or so there’s a lovely cameo performance from the very low cloud down in the valley at first miming a river then later waves splashing up the other side and there’s some rather grand low upper theatricals just before the blue sunset.

29th of August 2019. I didn’t see much of this day life as I was scuttling around a lot including a trip down to Bourg St. Maurice. Putting that together with watching this bird’s eye, speeded up view, shows me how the valley is often out of cloud shadow even when clouds are bubbling around the peaks and ridges all around the valley. This was a classic day for cumulus generation on those peaks and ridges. Must have been just the right combination of a slightly higher colder wind and sun evaporating moisture from where it had settled overnight on the upper areas. Fun to watch!

31st of August 2019. (No 30th owing to another overnight hospital stay!) Day starts with only a little diaphanous high cloud in the far distance but at around 90″ in the cumulus cauldrons get bubbling and build rapidly to produce what was rather an overshadowed day from there on. At about 2’40” rain lashes in sheets across the upper valley and Bourg St. Maurice. The day is also marked by the transhumance: the cows have arrived as the French holidays finish and most humans leave!

1st of September 2019. Mostly higher cloud until 90s in but a lot happening all day with a fine darkening blue sunset. I had never realised what a restless lot cows are!

2nd of September 2019. A day of much cloud but flashes of pure blue sky through it all occasionally and even more occasionally sunshine rakes in through the breaks to spotlight a part of the view briefly.

Another gap here: back over to Chambéry and Challes aux for more surgical attentions!

6th of September 2019. A very blue start to the day then cloud all day, bubbling and seething around and intermittently encasing Aime2000 in white out. I like the way that, earlier in the day, the tiny low clouds are like smoke or steam rising from the slopes.

7th of September 2019. A day of bubbling clouds in lots of linear waves in the early quarter of the day. Fleeting rainbow around 2’47”.

8th of September 2019. A lot of seething cloud all day but with sun cutting through between the clouds. About 3’28” in it’s snowing and I don’t think there’s been a swallow visible all day. The cows have gone too: you can see them loaded onto a lorry and moved to other pastures early in the day.

9th of September 2019. Interesting day as the sun burns the low cloud away through the morning and yesterday’s (and last night’s) thin covering of snow burns off the roof of Les Hauts Bois and the pastures below and on the opposite side of the valley so by lunch time it had gone from cold as I walked down to Plagne Centre to so hot I could sunbathe! Higher cloud comes in later and I was wrong about the swallows, very few left but not quite all gone.

11th of September 2019. (10th knocked out by another hospital trip!) A fun day of clouds with two higher layers of cloud succeeding one another with the higher that comes in later moving clearly at right angles to the lower and lovely volcanic bubbling of cumulus off the peaks below that.

12th of September 2019. Almost completely cloudless day so the fading in of the light with sunrise, then the way the sun swings over and the briefly salmon pink tinged fade out are very clear. Lots of swallows again, in real time at one point in the morning there were 50 to 100 of them swirling around dead ahead of my looking out of the window. I am starting to think, as their numbers fluctuate so much, that “my” swallows have entirely or mostly gone south now but are being replaced in waves by northerners passing through. Is that right? Any bird migration experts out there?!

13th of September 2019. Almost completely cloudless day, just a little “real” cloud early evening, otherwise the sky action is sunrise and a muted pink sunset and the coming and going of contrails!

14th of September 2019. A beautiful sunrise and more high cloud than yesterday and some bubbling up of cumulus from about 2’30” and a quietly lovely sunset.

15th of September 2019. Lovely sunrise with low thin clouds in the far distance and pink light then the day turns into a “smoke signals”, cumulus generating one until near sunset when pretty much all cloud disappears and the light fades out through blue.

16th of September 2019. A good videoed day I think. More atmospheric haze than usual so Mont Blanc is faint pretty much all day and a nice sunrise leads on to a day of wonderful bubbling, seething, contorting cumulus being constantly created and destroyed off the peaks and ridges to the L (West, roughly) clearly driven by a steady westerly prevailing wind.

18th of September 2019. (The 17th didn’t get recorded through a loss of concentration!) Funny now to watch a video from a day I didn’t see “live”: by the time this finished I was in Krakow and soon after the thumbnail in the lovely sunrise, I was on Cerise and off down the mountain. It was clearly a good day for clouds! That’s the last one now until the 11th of October as I’m not back up to A2k until then.

11th of October 2019. First day back in three weeks. I missed the very first bit of dawn but it was a beautiful day. A lovely wraith builds in the centre of the view from about 1’20” and the progress of the shadows is clearer with so little cloud and the sun lower in the sky. Lovely colours at dawn and dusk.

13th of October 2019. Yesterday didn’t get recorded as the old ‘phone played up but today, in real time, was a very sunny day with lots of blue sky but the timelapse shows that the clouds were there and changing all day with Mont Blanc bubbling away merrily!

14th of October 2019. A brilliantly sunny day and a mechanical digger works hard on Golf (that’s the blue run down from our building, Aime 200 which is just visible in the niche between the covered car pack and Haut Bois). It seemed to be smoothing earth around newly installed artificial snow blowers. However the amazing thing in the video for me is the slowly developing and constantly changing wall of low (2,000 – 3,5000m?) cloud in the notch to the left of Grand Combin in the far distance. By the end of the day it had spread to the lower reaches of Mont Blanc. What causes that and lasts all day?

15th of October 2019. What a contrast with yesterday! I this positively Wagnerian? (What would I know, never seen a Wagner opera and probably not likely to!) OK, enough of that, wonderful timelapse. Even a fleeting rainbow between the snow showers about 2’44” in. Amazing day.

As this list is getting long and will get much longer, I’m repeating the annotated framegrab here to name some landmarks. Click on the image to expand it.

Annotated view of the timelapse videos
Annotated view of the timelapse videos