The first 24 hour of sunlight in anno Domini 2022 were gorgeous. A colorful sunrise was followed by a day of bright sunshine. The ensuing sunset was beautiful, if sparsely clouded. This was naturally followed by a second sunrise, this time far more colorful. The sky was filled with high clouds and the pink light seemed to bounce from cloud to landmark and then diffuse into the air, causing the air to quietly glow. It was magical. All in all, not a bad way to start the year off.
The first sunrise of 2022 was beautiful, but subtle and understated. It is always a tension at sunrise. Most of my favorite vantages are from the north and the clouds tend to sit south. This means the best color in the sky is often from the side where the mountain is in shadow.
By afternoon, I headed out to the ridge. Looking east across the Shasta Valley, frosty Deer Mountain rose above mysterious Crumble Canyon.
Mount Shasta glowed in the afternoon light, showing off areas burned by the Lava Fire. It will be interesting to see how the area regrows.
The last light of sunset hits the upper flanks of Mount Shasta. It is testimony to tall the mountain is that it maintains the alpenglow for so long after it has faded on all the other peaks.
Even after the sun was long set, the mountain seemed to glow as the light faded.
The next morning everything glowed with a pink light, making for a glorious sunrise.
Mount Eddy got into the action, with beautiful sky above it and
Looking across the Shasta Valley, Duzel Rock and the Marble Mountains rise dramatically above the arid plain.
OK, 36 hours into 2022 there was a sunset bonus:
It was extremely windy and quite difficult to get a shot of the mountain without the camera being buffeted by the wind. I finally had to take shelter behind my jeep and shoot from that point of safety. The wind no doubt played a roll in manifesting the lenticular. The year feels like it is off to a great start!
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