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Evening view of Williamson...
Evening view of Williamson from a bivy at 14,000 between East and West summits of Russell, May 2005. Photo taken by Roman.

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kovarpaRe: Amazing!!!

kovarpa

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thanks everyone - it's going be a year since we were up there! Gotta go again soon, pretty area.
Posted May 25, 2006 4:18 pm

iambackAwesome!

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Wow! Incredible shot. I have been there before but never been blessed with that spectacular of a cloud formation.
Posted Apr 10, 2006 1:42 am

AspenBathing the eyes

Aspen

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Wow...my eyes just took a kewl refreshing bath after seeing your amazing pic! I gotta us my bivy more often up there :D

Knight
Posted May 15, 2006 9:54 am

bbirtleAwesome.

bbirtle

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10/10. Some of the wildest clouds I've ever seen photographed!
Posted Jun 8, 2006 2:44 am

icypeakAbsolutely fantastic!

icypeak

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This I think is one of those once in a life time shots, must have been spectacular to actually see that in person.
Posted Aug 20, 2007 7:03 pm

BigJordanGood Lord!

BigJordan

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That is a sweet shot my friend. You really have a chunk of photo gold on your hands with this one.
Posted Sep 3, 2007 3:05 pm

jmc..........

jmc

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Words cannot do it justice.
Posted Oct 17, 2007 10:36 am

rdmcWOW!

rdmc

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Incredible!
Posted Dec 8, 2007 6:38 pm

Little Mountain GoatSweet

Little Mountain Goat

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That is probably the coolest picture I have seen in my life. I would have loved to see that with my own eyes.
Posted May 26, 2008 8:21 pm

kovarpathanks

kovarpa

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everyone, I can't believe this pic is still getting hits after 3 yrs. we did the same route (sans bivouac) this year (May) but unfortunately also sans the spectacular clouds...
Posted Jun 2, 2008 12:31 am

BCJSo Impressive

BCJ

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Probably the most beautiful cloud scene I've seen. Such an amazing shot!!!

Brian
Posted Oct 20, 2008 10:43 pm

kovarpaRe: So Impressive

kovarpa

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thanks, to see that with my own eyes was really something.
Posted Oct 21, 2008 2:48 pm

paulbalegend.

paulbalegend

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Sweet shelf cloud!! Did a thunderstorm follow/precede this picture?
Posted Jan 18, 2009 7:46 pm

kovarpaRe: .

kovarpa

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no, no thunderstorms, not even that windy as far as I remember... not sure how/why these form.
Posted Jan 22, 2009 6:27 pm

ozenmacherRe: .

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Mountain wave dynamics. In this case, this is, as you mentioned, a lee wave. Different types of lee waves exist. Depending on atmospheric stability as well as other variables, waves can be of the "trapped" lee wave type (think lenticular clouds), vertically propagating lee waves (can't really tell myself, but I am thinking this is what this cloud type is), as well as a number of other less frequent mountain developed cloud types. The atmosphere is a fluid, and as such, it follows the laws of fluid dynamics. Think of a rock thrown into a lake and the subsequent ripple effect. Just as that rock develops those ripples (perturbations), mountains block the otherwise orderly flow of air through the atmosphere. As the air flows over a mountain (or mountain range), it is perturbed, and those perturbations propagate through the atmosphere as gravitational waves (think ripples on the water again). Given the right conditions and moisture fields, clouds can form along the crests of these waves. As the air rises and cools, condensation will develop into visible clouds. Was for why the cloud seemingly doesn't move, think of a simple sine wave (atmospheric wave phenomena are for more complex than such a simple abstraction)..http://wpcontent.answers.com/wikipedia/en/e/e8/Swr.png

Hope that helps!
Posted Mar 29, 2009 2:57 am

ozenmacherRe: .

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Oh, and as you correctly pointed out, the "westerlies", or persistent westerly flow in the upper atmosphere of the United States result in such "lee clouds" developing along the eastern slopes of ranges.
Posted Mar 29, 2009 3:00 am

kovarpaRe: .

kovarpa

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haha, there is a lot of English words that i have never heard before... good explanation, thanks!!
Posted Mar 30, 2009 4:18 pm

goridaspectacular

gorida

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really cool picture.
Posted Jan 26, 2009 4:09 am

winemanvanStunning!

winemanvan

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Fantastic! Great shot. Good job.
Posted Jan 18, 2010 11:27 am

Larry LavertyWhoa Nelly!

Larry Laverty

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I'm a little late in discovering this photo but holy toledo! The sight you saw!
Posted Jun 18, 2013 12:35 am

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kovarpaSubmitted by kovarpa
on Jun 3, 2005 10:37 pm

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