Even though the weather has been improving, it is still April and we will continue to have precipitation. Such is the case today, as the clear skies of the last couple days have gone for the moment. I got up early this morning and despite the overcast conditions, decided to head out and see how Mount Shasta looked. There was a nifty little lenticular above the mountain, akin to the currents I documented in my last post. I thought it might make a nice image if the light from the sunrise was low enough to come in under the thick clouds that covered the horizon.
As the sun rises, there are times when the first rays of light, before the disk has broken the horizon that the sunlight passes beneath the clouds and are able to illuminate the mountain. When this happens, the light and accompanying color are fleeting but beautiful. Needless to say, this did not occur this morning. The overcast conditions were sufficient to filter almost all the color out of the morning light and I was left with a blue mountain. Only the slightest hint of rose was perceptible.
In spite of the monotone color, the little lenticular persisted, constantly changing, fluctuating and bending around the summit of Mount Shasta. I had set my camera up just in case the sunlight slipped under the clouds. That not having happened, I decided to leave my camera up to show a progression of the currents swirling around the summit of the mountain. The time lapse represents about 5 minutes of activity around Mount Shasta.
Spring is most definitely here. My lawn is finally turning green, temperatures in the low 70’s are coming at the end of the week. Spring hiking is in full swing. The area’s low-elevation waterfalls are booming. Root Creek Falls in particular is a great little hike with some powerful payoff right now. Get out and enjoy it!