Epic Skies: time-lapse of the American southwest

american southwest time lapse Tony Rowell

(CBS) - The American southwest and time-lapse photography are two great tastes that taste great together. Photographer Tony Rowell understands this well, and it shows in this spectacular landscape video titled, simply, "Epic Skies."

It is certainly awe-inspiring. But the real draw, according to Discover Magazine, comes right at the beginning of the clip. See that jellyfish-looking cloud floating in the sky? Pretty freaky, right? That is a lenticular, or lens-shaped, cloud. They typically form near mountains, where air rises up the cliff face and condenses to form these distinctive shapes.

Then there is the awesome meteor at the end of the video. Two incredible bookmarks to what is an incredibly beautiful video.