Wallpaper Monday

Lenticular clouds

The foreground of this image is a bit ‘meh’ for a wallpaper, but the march of those massive lenticular clouds past Mt. Rainier (Washington, USA) is just spectacular.

Last June I was treated to a whole horizon full of lenticular clouds near Reno, Nevada, while on a road trip. I took a bazillion photos through the front windshield, and found the whole scene to be quite magical…but those clouds were to these as a rain shower is to a hurricane. I mean, these are mountain-sized.

The photo is from December 2008, and was featured in an Astronomy Picture of the Day on 4 November 2012. What puzzles me is that there is still autumn foliage on what looks to be a sweet gum tree…in December?

(Click on the image to lenticulate.)

About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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8 Responses to Wallpaper Monday

  1. Jorge says:

    If you took a photo of my street right now, you’d get loads and loads of autumn foliage still hanging from the lower branches. In january. Or, as you say, in spring. 😉

    • oregon expat says:

      And I stick by it! It’s spring here. (Heck, this morning I drove past road embankments that were solid yellow with Bermuda Buttercup.) BUT — December in the Pacific Northwest of the US is a whole different ballgame. Deciduous trees are normally stripped of leaves by then.

      • Power Wench says:

        Maybe that’s partly a result of wind and rain action, but it also varies with tree species. Sweet gums hold onto their leaves for a very long time so are often dressed in fall color long after surrounding trees are bare.

  2. Lilaine says:

    I found other photos of the lenticular clouds on someone’s blog :
    They’re spectacular! 🙂

  3. Nancy Flesch says:

    Yes there are a few sweetgums that have color very late, we noticed these especially this past December.

  4. xenatuba says:

    I have seen some trees with color yet although most have shed their leaves. I know on Garfield St. 11-18 the Maples were still in full glory on Dec. 17. More have lost their leaves as of last weekend, but I have noticed the leaves hanging about longer the past several winters.

  5. Cathy White says:

    Those clouds look quite alien, like something out of Stargate.

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