Mt. Rainier....is big. And thus, you'd think when the sun shines on it, it would cast a big shadow, and you would be right.
No time is that more apparent than in the winter. Usually between November and January, the sun is positioned just so on the horizon that when the sun comes up, it's right behind the mountain, and the mountain will cast a shadow across the sky.
That's shown in the photo at the top there, taken by Joseph G. Kelly of Grapeview on November 14, 2007.
I bring this up because I stumbled upon another fantastic photo from Mt. Rainier while researching something completely different.
Jason Hummel spends a lot of time climbing the local mountains, and is quite the photographer to boot.
Take a look at this photograph, taken earlier this winter while he was climbing up the mountain:
What you're seeing is the mountain's shadow from the mountain's perspective. Isn't that incredible? You can see a larger version of it here, and several more photos at Hummel's site alpinestateofmind.com.
Here are some of my other favorites from his web site. (See larger versions of them there, plus dozens of other stunning shots.)
While we're on the subject of Mt. Rainier, take a peek at this lenticular cloud captured by David Embrey on Monday.
And YouNews subscriber RyanMorris got this great shot of a crescent moon over Mt. Rainier with the lenticular cloud nearby. Looks like there might even be a little rain/virga coming out of the cloud.
Just another example of the beauty of the Pacific Northwest!