Sky or sea? In this hypnotic video, clouds swirl like ocean waves. It was filmed from thousands of feet high in the Swiss Alps.

  • Scex-Riond scenes show a blanket of clouds over a valley in shots taken from Scex-Riond
  • Olivier Staiger captured a stratus cloud layer in Valais’ Valais valley.
  • This time-lapse shows the Mont Blanc and Matterhorn at the Swiss-Italian border, as well as the less-known Grand Combin. 

Amazing time-lapse footage from the Swiss Alps shows clouds looking like ocean waves.

Olivier Staiger’s mind-bending video shows the low-lying stratus clouds that spread across the valley, below Scex Riond peak.

High-resolution video shows the layers of moistened air flowing horizontally against the mountains, including the Grand Combin mountain at 14,154 feet (4,314 metres) near the border between Switzerland and Italy.

He used his timelapse mode, which captures one image per 3 seconds to create the video.

Mr Staiger prides himself on being a thrillseeker, claiming on his Twitter profile to be a Northern Lights guide, stormchaser and eclipse chaser.

You can see the Matterhorn and Mount Blanc peaks in the distance as the camera points south from Valais. 

These pictures show a type of cloud that is stratified by horizontal layers.

These clouds are sometimes called “high fog” because they have a fog-like appearance.

The time-lapse shows the clouds cresting like waves over a number of hours with the breath-taking backdrop of the Swiss Alps, including Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn

Time-lapse video shows clouds cresting into waves over a period of time with the stunning backdrop of Swiss Alps (Mont Blanc, Matterhorn).

At some points the stratus clouds seem like a thick blanket over the Valais valley along the Swiss-Italian border

The stratus clouds look like a blanket covering the Valais valley at the Swiss-Italian border.

The Stratus cloud can produce light drizzles or snow, and the majority of cloud that makes up a typical ‘cloudy’ day is made of these kinds of cloud.

These fogs are above-ground and can be formed by the lifting of morning fog, or when cold winds move at low altitudes across a particular region.