Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

November 14, 2007

Beautiful Winter Sunrise

These are the kinds of sunrises we are treated to this time of year, when we are expecting rain later in the day.

"Red Sky at Morning, Sailors Take Warning. Red Sky at Night, Sailors' Delight."

I did not take this photo, although I wish I'd had my camera with me when I got to work today and saw the sky. From November to winter solstice in December, when we have a sunrise like this, Mt. Rainier casts a triangular shadow on the clouds, which is what you see here. I was able to capture this shadow phenomena once several years ago, but the sky in my photo is not nearly as colourful as it is here. Photo courtesy of


  1. Anonymous7:24 PM

    Spectacular! What beautiful colours!

    We are having warm windy weather in the 50's. My idea of lovely.

  2. how beautiful...we only get sunrises over the trees!!! truly, you live in a spectacular part of the country.

  3. that is absolutely amazing..

  4. What a stunning effect.

  5. Anonymous3:20 PM

    Beautiful pictures!
    Bizarrely we have a saying in my part of the UK:
    'Red sky at night, shepherd's delight. Red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning' Clearly we were all sheep herders at some point in history, while our American cousins took up sailing instead ;0)

  6. Diane - I've always lived on the coast, both on Cape Cod and then out here, so maybe the saying is different in the American heartland.

  7. Nope it's the same saying in the heartland...Although I don't know why, not a lot of water around here!

    Stunning picture.

  8. Anonymous11:56 AM

    Sunrises like that make you
    happy to be alive...

    thanks for posting such an
    uplifting sight

    have an ab brill weekend

    lotsa luv ann xxxxx

  9. you live in an amazing state, for sure. the traffic rivals the bay area, but it's still gorgeous.