So, International Space Station Astronaut Chris Hadfield—commander of Expedition 35, so you better take him seriously, folks—tweeted a picture of a certain volcanic island in the Atlantic that looks like the head of a giant fishbone skeleton made of clouds.
There’s much talk of St Helena becoming a holiday destination for astronomers, but on cloudy days, perhaps there’s an alternative possibility:
An amazing array of stars can be seen in the island’s unpolluted skies. But when the clouds come, they can be a spectacle in themselves.
They blow with the wind as it swirls around the island’s high peaks and spins away into the distance.
It could be one of the wonders of St Helena. The only trouble is, you have to be very high up – in space, even – to get the best view. Perhaps the island won’t become a destination for cloud-spotters, after all.
Click here to see the full image of cloud vortices over St Helena, as photographed from the US space agency’s Terra satellite.
What an astonishing photograph. Quite humbling. Mike Whalley