01.02.2016 Got the date right on the first try

We’ll see how long that lasts.  It usually takes me a month to get habitual about the current year.

Here is another view of the Holyoke Range from a spot not too far from my home.  I’ve done a couple at this spot in the autumn or with fog.  This morning it was all about the clouds which were moving away from me rather than across the range.  I was patiently waiting for the light to hit the clouds as the sun approached the horizon to the east (here on the left).  The clouds were motoring and I was worried they would have cleared the skyline before the sun rose enough.

Please click through to the larger image to see the detail in the clouds at the mountaintops.  I’ve discovered that works only when there has been one image posted.  With two or more it just cycles back and forth.


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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24 Responses to 01.02.2016 Got the date right on the first try

  1. Andrew says:

    Very nice Steve. The cloud formation reminds me of an anvil shape normally associated with thunder but I’m guessing these were benign!

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  2. Jim Ruebush says:

    Your patience was rewarded.

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  3. Mark says:

    Such a curious thing, the way clouds end up in those ‘stacked’ formations. I am sure a meteorologist could define it better for me, but perhaps it is best left mysterious.

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  4. Unusual and beautiful cloud formation makes this photo complete. I love the beauty of those clouds.

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  5. Gallivanta says:

    Approximately how far do you have to go from your home to see this range? Or is it the backdrop or foreground to your every day views? Our hills/visual markers are the Port Hills on one side of the city, and on the other side are the Southern Alps. A 5 minute walk from my home will give me a view of the Port Hills. And on some clear days, a 5 minute walk in another direction gives me a view of the Alps. The Port Hills especially are like old friends.

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    • For me, it is about a 2 or three minute drive to the scene here. I could walk it in maybe 15 or 20 minutes with my gear on my back. There are quite a few other vantage points that require a bit more time but not many are more than a 10 minute drive. Of course, they are also viewable from other distances. I drive between two of the mountains through what is called “The Notch” twice daily for work. I could see them from the house if we were to take down all the trees in our and neighbor’s yard. Not in the plans at present. 🙂

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      • Gallivanta says:

        Yes, I would have better views if a few houses and many trees were moved a bit to the left and right! In the central city nature gave us a helping hand (ie the earthquakes) by destroying most of the view obstructing high rise buildings. Have you photos taken from the top of Mt Holyoke?


      • Not yet, Ann. For some reason, unknown to me, I have not hiked the mountaintops.

        Yeah, earthquakes will alter the view a bit.

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      • Gallivanta says:

        I am not much of a hiker of mountaintops. Nor do I like driving on them. 😦


      • My problem with climbing mountains stems from my stubborn resistance to leaving equipment out of my pack. I always carry everything, which often is advantageous, but that adds a lot of weight and I am not the fittest photographer although able to carry a reasonable load.

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  6. Lottie Nevin says:

    Beautiful photograph, Steve. Here’s to many more of your beauties in 2016! 🙂

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  7. Once again you’ve got what strikes me as a combination of cumulus and stratus clouds.


    • According to the information about lenticular clouds I found and linked in my reply to Mark above, they are known as altoculmulus clouds and are not seen here in the east very often…at least not by me.


  8. Like yourself, I seem to be really good about remembering the date change for the first couple of days, then I slip back into the previous year for the rest of the month!

    Stunning capture.

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  9. shoreacres says:

    What a serene image. It looks like you had winds in the upper atmosphere that were smoothing the cumulus that were forming just above the hills. They don’t have the rounded, perpendicular shape of lenticular — at least, to my eye. No matter. Whatever their form, they’re lovely.

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    • Actually, I hadn’t thought of the clouds as lenticular until a few people mentioned it and when Googling for images I saw several similar without the solid lens-like shape. They are not what one thinks of as lenticular and may very well be not. Whether or not, it was great fun watching the color build as they headed southeast.


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