Stratos

EL SOSIEGO BY THE SEA

Who ever said that Caceres province has no sea? From El Sosiego, in the Sierra de Gata hills, you can see it clearly some days. Ok, this sea is not salty… or even water at all: it is a sea of clouds. Yet gazing out over it from our terrace can produce the same wonderful, calming effect.

These are stratus clouds which are, we are told, made up of tiny droplets of water and found between sea level and altitudes of around 1,000 metres. They are usually less than 500 metres thick, but can cover a surface area of hundreds of square kilometres. When at ground level, as in the photo, stratus is known simply as fog.

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