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Picture of the day - December 7, 2008

Clouds over Mount Rainier

Photo of a cloud-covered Mount Rainier.
Photo courtesy of Rebecca Johnson.

As one of the great peaks of North America, Mount Rainier has been photographed countless times over the years. Today's picture features one of the most intriguing images I have ever seen of Rainier, and the following is photographer Rebecca Johnson's story behind it:
    "I live in Washington state, and I took this photo on Saturday,
    December 6, 2008. It is a photo of Mt. Rainier! I was coming
    home from the grocery store with my husband when we saw
    these fantastic cloud formations. Of course our cameras were
    not with we drove home, ran inside, grabbed our
    cameras and zoomed down the street, where we have this
    view. (Our ice cream was still frozen when we returned LOL.)

    I have never seen such cloud formations as these before!
    I nicknamed them halos, but the real term is lenticular clouds.
    They're caused when the air flow is just right so when it flows
    over Mt. Rainier, the air gets pushed upward where it cools
    and condenses into clouds. You will find more of my images
    in my Flickr gallery."
        --Rebecca Johnson

Visitor Comments...
    Name: Phyllis Helton
    Town: Bristol, VA

    What a lovely cap. Wonderful photo.

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