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New Zealand tries to outdo Mount Rainier

New Zealand tries to outdo Mount Rainier
Photo Copyright: Chris Picking; Starry Night Skies Photography. Posted here with permission from photographer.
You might remember back on December 5th, Mt. Rainier put on a spectacular show of lenticular clouds. Our blog entry has since been linked to and e-mailed around the world.

Well, New Zealand wants to let us know we don't have the monopoly of cool cloud shots.

The photo above was taken back in 2002 by Chris Picking of Starry Night Skies Photography. It's looking over the Tararua Range mountains from North Island, New Zealand.

These clouds are formed when the air flow is just right so when it flows over Mt. Rainier, or in this case, the Tararua Range mountains, the air gets pushed upward where it cools and condenses into clouds. Depending on how smooth the flow is, you can get some amazing clouds formations.

I found this photo courtesy of a great web site -- the Astronomy Picture of the Day. I was checking because our own Mt. Rainier photo, the one taken by Tim Thompson and featured in the Dec. 5 blog, is in their queue to appear on their site sometime soon.

So keep checking their site, and I'll be sure to make note of it here whenever it airs.

And to seam this into our blog's "Weekly Time Waster" segment, be sure to check out their archive section which is a potpourri of incredible photos that make great desktop backgrounds.

One of my other recent favorites is this one of light pillars over Latvia and the Smile in the Sky over Australia -- ironically published Dec. 5, the same day as our Rainier photos.