Lenticular Cloud Over Mount Alice
John Muir Wilderness, CA
Copyright 2004-2017 by Michael L. Anderson

date found:
May 2004
Rapid Omega 6 x 7
Fujichrome Velvia 100F
recommended enlargement size:
13 x 24 inches

This immense lenticular cloud gathered almost directly over our campsite between Fourth and Fifth lakes. It seemed as though I could have been on Io, looking up toward the clouds of Jupiter. This was a special moment, but not an altogether welcome sight, as we knew it signalled a change in the weather. As it turned out, there was wind and rain that evening, and snow started accumulating in the morning. With the weather deteriorating, we decided to go back down the mountain, despite paying for our 10900-foot perch with sweat and high altitude nausea.

Mount Alice (11630') is the lower peak toward the middle of the photo. The prominent mountain on the left side of the frame is, to my knowledge, unnamed, though it is considerably higher at 12861 feet.

My wide angle lens was simply not wide enough to capture the interesting parts of the cloud, so I took two exposures about a minute apart and combined them using PTGui. This is an equirectangular projection composite of those two exposures, spanning about 81 degrees.