2021 Alpine view timelapse videos

Created 19.vii.21

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

19th of July 2021. I’d obviously been misinformed by some app about sunrise so missed that but still a glorious start to the video. Later it’s a day of bright sun, bubbling cumulus and blue sky until a lovely sunset from around 4.00. Definitely 4/5! This time I’m going to use embedding:

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20th of July 2021. Hm, when I looked yesterday I thought there was nothing recorded at all and it was clear that the timelapse program had aborted because the ‘phone overheated. I had forgotten that that happens and it has been a roasting day. However, looking today I found that 38 seconds (in timelapse) had been caught and it’s glorious: 5/5.

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21st of July 2021. Stunning colours in the sunrise into an almost cloudless sky. That gives way to high cloud and contrails softening the intense sun up here and cumulus bubbling off the peaks sometimes in the classic “smoke signal” way. The sunset is almost as good as the sunrise. Funny to see Club Med moving into disco mode at the end ready to party, party the night away! 4/5

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22nd of July 2021. Did the Club Med people really party all night?! Apart from their light pollution, it’s a lovely sunrise with mist in the valley. As the sun gets up it’s a largely cloud free day until about 2’44” when a mix of the usual puffy cumulus starts up on Mont Blanc and the far peaks but with very different horizontal streams of cloud. Gentle sunrise about from the party animals firing up again!Did the Club Med people really party all night?! Apart from their light pollution, it’s a lovely sunrise with mist in the valley. As the sun gets up it’s a largely cloud free day until about 2’44” when a mix of the usual puffy cumulus starts up on Mont Blanc and the far peaks but with very different horizontal streams of cloud. Gentle sunrise about from the party animals firing up again!

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23rd of July 2021. Not really an exciting or particularly beautiful day. There’s a heat haze (that’s what I instinctively call it, what does that mean?) through the entire day filtering and muting colours a bit. The sunrise is very grey with quite thick layers of cloud scudding across from the West. It’s more aesthetically pleasing than the day of cumulus that follows. Interestingly, it felt like a hot and clear day at the time. (Oh, and I’m an idiot: the disco lights in Club Med are downlighters on their terrace which slowly phase through different colours out of synch with the 8 second gap between the timelapse snaps!) 2/5?

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24th of July 2021. First 50 seconds or so are a fairly turbulent cloud covered sunrise that is not uninteresting. Then a less interesting day of sun alternating with lots of cloud that scuds up from behind us almost to the sunset but the sunset itself is a rather nice, washed out watercolour one. 2/5

24th of July 2021

25th of July 2021. Somehow I’d silenced the alarm on the ‘phone so this starts late but with a rather fine passage of turbulent cloud. From about 1’20” there are a sequence of small cumulus clouds that form straight ahead and move L to R as we look out, almost at right angles to all other cloud movement. I think they’re forming on an updraft coming up the “little valley” coming up to Plagne Centre (just off stage to our R). Illustrates nicely how local some cloud formation is. Day finishes with a long evening phase of lowering, rather darkly threatening waves of cloud. 3/5

25th of July 2021

26th of July 2021. Cloudy day. Around 40″ in the sun rises behind Mont St. Jacques with nice sunbursts across the valley followed by a common pattern of it seeming as if that sun boils cumulus up out of the valley to seethe up and over us here. Then we have lots of cumulus and quite a lot of sun. Around 3’40” the cloud darkens and lowers for a bit (that must have been when I went for my cycle ride!) and after that things darken out. 2/5

26th of July 2021

27th of July 2021. A rather clear sunrise but things cloud over rapdily. Lovely sunbursts like tracking searchlights as the sun cuts through that early on. Then high white cloud (light stratus?) and high cumulus below it turning dark at times in the afternoon. Around 3’20” there’s that phenomenon of little puffs of cumulus coming up the lateral valley at right angles to the main stream above them and from about 4’0″ there’s a fine dark sunset. 3/5?

27th of July 2021

Here’s the annotated framegrab again for some of the names I use for when, I hope, the list of videos/days gets long!

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