I got up early this morning and headed out to see if the rising sun might illuminate the clouds. The sky was too overcast and no color ever showed up and I headed home empty handed. The cloudy sky continued until just after noon when it finally partially cleared, leaving some cool lenticulars above Mount Shasta. I headed out to try to capture them but when I arrived at a good spot, the light was spotty. Then, when the light improved the clouds collapsed into a somewhat underwhelming jumble. The lenticulars were impressive while they lasted.
It was my hope that things would improve around sunset so I headed out again. The clouds were interesting but lacked real definition as sunset approached. I was relieved that they finally begain to coalesce as the color began to improve. It wasn’t the greatest sunset, but it was a pretty nice scene regardless of any comparison to previous lenticular events. I think the turbulence in the sky is presaging a coming change in the weather and the real arrival of some wintry weather. Time will tell.
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The HikeMtShasta kids had a fun time running around while I was taking pictures. They were more interested in flowers and forts than the incredible show behind them.