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

December 23, 2009

Morning Has Broken

I am currently on a quest to get a specific sunrise photo of Mt. Rainier. It requires certain weather conditions, which we may or may not have. Because of this quest, I have been lugging my camera and telephoto lens back and forth to work every day. I'm now off for 5 days, and instead of sleeping in and enjoying the luxury of getting up after 8, I got up at 7:15 and looked out my slider to see what the mountain had to offer today, and it looked promising. So I headed out to my fave photo spot in the neighborhood, cranked the heat in the car and waited to see what the sky would paint for me today.

Massive lenticular cloud sitting on top of Rainier like a big hat.

The cloud started to slowly move off the summit.

The photo I am trying to capture is of the shadow of the mountains on the clouds as the sun finally hits them. While the cloud on Rainier did not produce the shadow I was hoping for, I did get the effect from the lower mountains.


  1. Anonymous2:17 PM

    Wow, just spectacular! How lucky you are to have such a beautiful sight to see and thank you for getting up so early so you could share it with the rest of us. Also, the title of your post is one of my all-time favorite songs by Cat Stevens. Good job!

  2. I love how the cloud softened the peak of the mountain.Beaytiful! And the sky?If I didn't know it was you taking the shots I wouldn't believe they were real.

  3. Absolutely gorgeous.

  4. Anonymous7:35 AM

    WOW! Certainly worth getting up early for.

  5. So so beautiful!
    Although I'm not a morning person, I see the appeal.

  6. Thanks you guys!

    Nantz - When I was sitting there watching the sky changing, "Morning Has Broken" actually popped into my head! Great minds think alike!

    Bryde - the shots I post are exactly as they are photographed; I don't sweeten or tweak them at all. The skies are just stunning.

    Val & Di - Thanks!

    Axe - I love the early mornings. I'm at my best in the morning. By 2 pm I've hit the wall. The only time I ever slept till 11 or later was when I was a teenager.

  7. So so beautiful, I have no words.

    Happy Christmas, honey, to you, Brian & the "kids" :)

  8. Beautiful shots. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Absolutely Beautiful Jojo! I hope you and Brian have a Merry Christmas :)

  10. Wow!

    Amazing colours.

    And a happy Chgristmas to you!

  11. Beautiful photos, as always, Jojo!

    Merry Christmas to you!

  12. you are amazingly talented - these photos should be submitted somewhere; they are brilliant - and how wonderful it must be to live in such beautiful surroundings - magical