Orange Lenticulars on Mt. Adams

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The mountains in our area are well known for their little "hats" they wear in certain weather conditions. My deceased mother used to look at Mt. Hood or Mt. Adams every time we went to town, and say "oh, look at her pretty hat today!"

Recently I finally discovered that these flat little clouds are called Lenticular formations... and the tall stacks of them are referred to as Altocumulus Lenticularis.

According to a user called glenelg48
"Altocumulus lenticularis. These formations are caused by wave motions in the atmosphere and are frequently seen in mountainous or hilly areas.

They are often called wave clouds. They may be triggered off by hills only a few hundred metres high and may extend downwind for over 100 km. The cloud elements form at the windward edge of the cloud and are carried to the downwind edge where they evaporate, as can be seen here. The cloud as a whole is usually stationary or slow moving."

When I posted these photos on my site, two writers contacted me for permission to use the photos... Cliff Mass from Seattle, a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington, asked to include some lenticular shots in his upcoming book called "The Weather of the Pacific Northwest"..

Another Flickr user named remolcando, a man from Spain called Federico Martinez, has also requested the use of some Lenticular cloud photos for his upcoming book on Mountain Wave Clouds and Soaring [in gliders]. He tells me these clouds are phenomenal for a glider pilot because of the associated winds.

Other people are absolutely convinced these clouds serve as covers for visitors in Space Ships.... perfect shape behind which can hide a flying saucer.

Whatever the reason for enjoying these lovely and unique formations, I think we all get a little thrill seeing these bizarre circling clouds standing for hours over or beside our local mountains.

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Starlisa says ... on Friday, Dec 19 at 1:45 PM

Winston Smith, that is true... however this shot is altered only a little on Picasa.. it really was this color for awhile, as well as white, pink and rose and then nearly purple over the 2 hour period I took shots

Starlisa says ... on Friday, Dec 19 at 1:33 PM

FirstD Thanks for the good words and clarification! Gark... these are how those stories get started for sure... they are common around the tall mountains

Starlisa says ... on Friday, Dec 19 at 1:23 PM

Thanks everyone... shutterfever.. I just learned to do those text watermarks, but I don't know how to go back and do them on this shot.. thank a bunch for your suggestions@!

Gark says ... on Saturday, Dec 6 at 7:10 AM

Can't you see that it's not clouds? It's flying saucers from outher space!!!

shutterfever says ... on Wednesday, Oct 29 at 11:54 PM

Starlisa, you can combine some text and adjust the opacity and keep it in your photos to keep people from copying them for free. If I capture something I'm really pleased with I "ghost" my name through it.

Winston Smith says ... on Sunday, Sep 28 at 10:56 AM

The thing to remember is that the vast majority of "GREAT!!" photographs are the result of some heavy post-processing in programs like Photoshop. Colours, saturation and contrast like this don't just "happen".

themom1951 says ... on Friday, Sep 26 at 10:14 AM

Starlisa, great shot and story, very informative! I think you missed the post by FirstD that said, "...Starlisa, that is a very nice photo. I'm only saying I've seen more impressive lenticulars over summits, not more impressive photographs :)"

Starlisa says ... on Friday, Sep 19 at 6:14 PM

FirstD... I would love to see some of yours.. I am sure there are indeed many better shots than mine.. I was not trying to impress but rather share the excitement. Sorry you feel a need to put down my work. Taken with a Canon Powershot A630.

Starlisa says ... on Friday, Sep 19 at 6:09 PM

ks... I suppose I really should not have posted them here if I want to sell them.. I forgot people take them without even asking or crediting the photographer.

FirstD says ... on Friday, Sep 19 at 4:54 PM

Hey Joe - Yeah, it'll take some time to dig them up, but I'll do some searching in my files. Starlisa, that is a very nice photo. I'm only saying I've seen more impressive lenticulars over summits, not more impressive photographs :)

photo-scout says ... on Thursday, Sep 18 at 3:07 PM

Nice shot. What iso & f stop where you shooting?

Joe says ... on Thursday, Sep 18 at 7:57 AM

Hey FirstD, Can you submit some here so the rest of us can check them out?

FirstD says ... on Thursday, Sep 18 at 6:49 AM

I am a climber & have TONS of photos like that - that's a pretty cool pic, but I've seen more impressive ones than that, especially when over the actually summit of a volcano.

ks says ... on Tuesday, Sep 16 at 6:32 PM

right click the photo and save it.

Starlisa says ... on Tuesday, Sep 16 at 9:45 AM

Yes, I took the photo... my name is Darlisa Black, my email is and I do sell these photos as notecards (homemade) or as 5x7 prints. The Resolution is not good enough on these for 8x10. Contact me if you are interested! says ... on Monday, Sep 15 at 3:38 PM

yes she sells them .she is an awesome photographer.

tomcat says ... on Monday, Sep 15 at 12:26 PM

our amazing world

Bill Polisson says ... on Monday, Sep 15 at 11:19 AM

That is one of the coolest pictures, I have ever seen. Who took it? Any chance to get a photo of it?

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