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Lenticular Cloud and Setting Moon - Mt. Whitney

Posted by
Barbara Lee (Oakland, United States) on 17 February 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Mt. Whitney is the highest peak in the continental United States. Just an hour and a half from Badwater in Death Valley, the lowest point in the Western Hemipshere, Whitney rises like a big tooth in the California Sierra Nevada Range. On this particular morning, dawn brought not only the setting nearly full moon, but this wonderful lenticular cloud which formed over the Sierras. As the cloud floated above the mountains like a giant bird, the rising sun illuminated the Alabama Hills in the foreground, making a nicely layered composition.

When stable moist air flows over a mountain or a range of mountains, a series of large-scale standing waves may form on the downwind side, forming lentincular clouds like these. This particular cloud only lasted for moments, just long enough for me to capture it forever in the camera.

NIKON D90 1/30 second F/16.0 ISO 200 54 mm (35mm equiv.)

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clodagh smith from Sacramento, United States

Barb.... I love your DV photos but they are really about form and to my eye black and white is the ticket. I think color does not do this image justice...but then I have a bias to BW

17 Feb 2010 5:38am

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Fantastic work on this Barbara and I like the deep snow on the very top sloped saddles in the distance and of course the moon! Great work!

17 Feb 2010 5:58am

elmer from Tours, France

hello. beautiful landscape, nice shot !

17 Feb 2010 8:04am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

wow... spectacular view.. 5*

17 Feb 2010 11:57am

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

excellent :)

17 Feb 2010 3:59pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Stunning, Barbara!!

17 Feb 2010 7:25pm

Mike from California, United States

Nice capture Barbara...the lenticular cloud really make the scene stand out.

17 Feb 2010 7:59pm

Damon Schreiber from Toronto, Canada

Gorgeous moonset!

17 Feb 2010 10:58pm

David from Detroit, United States

A beautiful moment. Mystical.

18 Feb 2010 2:16am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

this is just spectacular! superb light and excellent composition! the cloud is just a perfect icing on this "cake" - superb work!

18 Feb 2010 3:25am

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

Love that swish of clouds and the lighting you have in this one. Mighty fine!

18 Feb 2010 4:27am

Stu from Scotland | Residing in Kyoto, Japan

What a stunning image! Just love this one, Barbara.

18 Feb 2010 3:49pm

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Oh, I love how the clouds mimic the lines of the hills. What a wonderful capture!

21 Feb 2010 5:56pm

1/30 second
ISO 200
54 mm (35mm equiv.)