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Lenticular cloud over Mt. Baker

Lenticular cloud over Mt. Baker
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Copyright: Tim Epp (BillyGoat) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 28 N: 899] (4827)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-02
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Sony A700, Sony DT 16-105mm, Hoya 67mm Pro 1D Cir Polarizer
Exposure: f/11, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): TN Classics [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-06-08 18:11
Viewed: 4341
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My wife and I did a fabulous snowshoe around Table Mtn near the Mt. Baker Ski Area in NW Washington State last week.
This view is of the glaciated North-eastern flank of Mt. Baker from Ptarmigan Ridge. The dormant crater is hidden from view and is located more on the southern slopes just below the main summit.
Lenticular clouds can be seen over Mt. Baker and other high elevation peaks from time to time. Some wikipedia informaiton about lenticular clouds:

Lenticular clouds are stationary lens-shaped clouds that form at high altitudes, normally aligned perpendicular to the wind direction. Lenticular clouds can be separated into altocumulus standing lenticularis (ACSL), stratocumulus standing lenticular (SCSL), and cirrocumulus standing lenticular (CCSL).

Where stable moist air flows over a mountain or a range of mountains, a series of large-scale standing waves may form on the downwind side. If the temperature at the crest of the wave drops to or below the dewpoint, moisture in the air may condense to form lenticular clouds. As the moist air moves back down into the trough of the wave, the cloud may evaporate back into vapor. Under certain conditions, long strings of lenticular clouds can form near the crest of each successive wave, creating a formation known as a 'wave cloud'. The wave systems cause large vertical air movements and so enough water vapor may condense to produce precipitation. The clouds have been mistaken for UFOs (or "visual cover" for UFOs) because these clouds have a characteristic lens appearance and smooth saucer-like shape. Bright colors (called Irisation) are sometimes seen along the edge of lenticular clouds.

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I have never not come close to this but did see postcards in my possession of this type of cloud and i have seen others who are friends post them...and each one hold a mystery...At Mt Shasta there are all sorts of stories which revolve around this...some involve Hopi Indians which it is said were the first to see them as they crossed the land bridge and traveled....south! Very neat image and it does what it is meant to do for a picture like this...#1 it attracts me and you and most photographers and it sets up a whole lot of discussion..nothing wrong with that.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-06-20 7:26]

In fact, the cloud adds so much life and movement to a somewhat static picture, the big peak of the mountain covered with snow. It is very subtle but I really like it. Thank you Billy, a great shot,


Hallo Tim
A striking image of this "icing sugar" coated mountains. The snow captured is striking and a pleasure to look at. The contrast between the blue sky and the white snow is magic. It is indeed a delightful view you shared with us, and I thank you for that.
Best regards

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