Amateur photographer Darlisa Black has written to tell us about a beautiful series of pictures she took of lenticular clouds near Mount Adams in the Pacific Northwest of the USA.
She was walking in the hills near her home in Washington State when she spotted the formation and spent nearly two hours capturing its changing shapes in the fading light.
“As with many volcanoes, certain weather conditions bring about lenticular
formations, and all my life I have witnessed many ‘caps’ on the nearby Mt.
Adams and Mt. Hood in Oregon.
“On November 6, I was fortunate to be up in the hills on my day off,
taking photos and enjoying the day. I could see a small lenticular formation near the mountain, so I decided to drive up 10 miles above Trout Lake, Washington, to a viewpoint I knew of with a great view of Mt. Adams.
‘I was so excited, and hiked along the edge of the cliff edged road for a mile, taking well over a hundred photos over the next hour and a half. Every time I started to quit and get in the truck, the colors and form would change again becoming even more amazing! I finally quit when all color was gone and it was getting dark.
“Every few minutes, the formation would change significantly. I loved it right at the end when it seemed the layers were lifting up away from the lowest layer, until there was a complete separation between the bottom two layers.”
The result is an absolutely stunning slideshow, which you can see here.