An easy mistake is to think that the beautiful peaches and blue strokes in the about image are painted.
They are a rare phenomenon in the world of clouds. Also known as ‘mother of pearl’ clouds, Nacreous are found in very delicate conditions:
Usually 2 hours either before dawn, or after sunset, and in the frigid regions of the lower stratosphere.
Because of their height, in the early hours of the morning, and at the late hours of the night, these clouds are still lit from the distant sun; it is this light that gives them this wonderfully ethereal wispy effect.
Nacreous clouds are definitely on my ‘to see’ list, right up there with Aurora Borealis