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Lenticular cloud over Aoraki / Cook (New Zealand)
Cool lenticular cloud forming over Mt. Cook. Photo taken end of december 2005, from near the Mueller hut, overlooking the Hooker valley. Note the amount of rubble on the Hooker glacier in the bottom of the picture.

Lenticular clouds are formed due to high winds, something of which I got a little taste that day when the wind picked up my cap and carried it some 50 meters before dropping it in a scree field. It really felt like someone grabbed it of my head. Thanks, took me half an hour to retrieve it.


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Thanks for the comment! It's a spectacular mountain. Especially from a distance it's elevation is striking. Driving in, from about 90 km away you could see all these snow mountains in the distance. Above them was a layer of clouds. One mountain went *poof* right into them. Then you had to pan your vision up a bit and see that it was actually sticking out above the clouds! Mt. Cook.... It's a monster :-D
Posted Jan 14, 2006 5:58 am



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the mountain in clouds and sunshine!
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on Jan 12, 2006 11:13 pm

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