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The great condensation (1.15.2) | by The Bacher Family
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The great condensation (1.15.2)

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On my way home from work last night, I glanced up at Mount Rainier as I passed the Kautz Creek viewpoint, as I always do, and promptly did a u-turn at the next pullout so I could go back and take pictures. You don't often see a set of lenticular clouds this perfectly defined nor this deeply stacked over the mountain's summit, so when it happens, you drop everything and grab your camera! The view was, if anything, even more spectacular as I passed another viewpoint further down the road, so I stopped again. This is my favorite photo from that set.


Oh, and for those who aren't familiar with mountain cloud formations, a "lenticular" is a cloudcap formed when moist air pushes over the top of high terrain, condenses into a cloud, then re-evaporates as it descends on the far side. It's usually an early indication of a change in the weather. Usually the lenticular is thin and single-layered, but on rare occasions, especially over a large mountain like Rainier, these stacked formations will form that cause everyone to pull over and grab their cameras.


This image is part of a series featured on my photo blog,, on September 22, 2011. Winner's Circle contest: Layers: Second place! Our Daily Topic: Weather (February 3, 2012). 15 Challenges: Unusually shaped cloud (February 19, 2014): Winner! Flickr Challenge: Black and White (October 7, 2014): First place! (IMG_0759_bw_1)

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Taken on September 21, 2011