A sunrise-lit lenticular seems to be grabbing for Shastarama Point.
Friday was another interesting day around Mount Shasta. Like the day before, the forecast called for partly cloudy skies, which meant that there was a chance something interesting might show up around the mountain. While the day before had been a bit of a disappointment since the promising morning gave way to an essentially cloudless day, Friday promised to offer something completely different. Indeed, the interesting weather persisted through the day and into the night. While the eventful conditions made for a frustrating day at the ski park (too windy for some of the chairlifts), it made for a pleasant day looking through the lens of my camera.
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While I considered heading over to McCloud for the sunrise, I knew I didn’t have time so instead I climbed up to the west. Though the mountain did not have any direct light on it, the lenticular was lit up nicely.
When the sun finally broke the horizon, the shape of the lenticular changed dramatically. It flattened out and lost the tendrils that had been its most distinctive feature. It was a beautiful morning nonetheless!
By noon the clouds around Mount Shasta got a lot more turbulent. The lenticular was still present but it had been reduced in size significantly. It remained the rest of the day but the other clouds around the mountain grew until Mount Shasta was completely obscured from the west.
At sunset, I had to head around to the south side in order to see the mountain. The lenticular was still hovering over the summit, though it had an odd, oblique position. The color on the mountain was crisp and pink and highlighted the west-facing crags beautifully.
Just as the alpenglow was fading, the clouds obscuring the summit cleared, revealing a final look at the top of Mount Shasta while still bathed in the warm light. A magnificent sunset indeed.
As I headed home, the moon popped up just above Mount Shasta’s Jack Flat. There was only a small gap between the ridge and a layer of cloud and the moon shone brightly through it. I was able to pull over and capture the scene before the moon climbed into the clouds. All in all, a satisfying evening!
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