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Mt. Hood inverted shadow
Mt. Hood casts an inverted sunset shadow into the clouds. Photo taken from I-84 east of the mountain above the Columbia River.

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schadiksweet light

schadik

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Very cool Image!
Posted Apr 14, 2002 3:47 am

Bob BoltonRe: sweet light

Bob Bolton

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Thanks! I always love those inverted shadows, and that deep crimson color!! :-)
Posted Apr 14, 2002 8:33 am

gordonyeinverted shadow?

gordonye

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What is the physics behind an inverted shadow? I haven't heard of this term before. Was the sun below the mountain and cast a shadow on the (higher) clouds?
Posted Apr 15, 2002 11:13 am

Bob BoltonRe: inverted shadow?

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The sun has gone over the horizon, so in a sense it is below the mountain. It probably wouldn't work if there were mountains to the west of the mountain, but there aren't in this case. Nothing but lowlands and the ocean. :-)



Bob
Posted Apr 15, 2002 7:12 pm

gordonyeRe: inverted shadow?

gordonye

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Thanks. That's a cool phenomenon. I don't remember ever seeing it, but maybe here in California the requisite conditions are harder to come by.
Posted Apr 16, 2002 1:12 pm

Bob BoltonRe: inverted shadow?

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We actually see this phenomenon somewhat frequently in the Portland area, but during sunrise instead of sunset of course. If the clouds are in just the right range of altitude and the eastern horizon (from the perspective of Mt. Hood) is clear (very frequent with the Cascade rain shadow drying the air to the east), we can see a long inverted shadow on the bottom of the clouds, sometimes from east to west! It's much more dramatic than the one in this photo, but I've never had an opportunity to capture it on film. :-( I should point out that I coined the term "inverted shadow". I don't know if there is a scientific name for the phenomenon. :-)
Posted Apr 16, 2002 1:47 pm

TyeDyeTwinsNice 1.....

TyeDyeTwins

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What a beautiful sunset. Thanks for sharing.
Posted Sep 23, 2009 9:18 pm

Bob BoltonRe: Nice 1.....

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YW! I first saw the scene in my rear view mirror. Couldn't stop the car quick enough! -Bob
Posted Sep 24, 2009 9:51 pm

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Bob BoltonSubmitted by Bob Bolton
on Apr 13, 2002 11:32 pm

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Lat/Lon: 45.37360°N / 121.6925°W
Object Title: Mt. Hood inverted shadow

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