I hope all of you are spending this special time of the year with loved ones and I wish you health love and joy in the coming New Year.
I've taken many pictures of Mt. Shasta, one of California's two mountains at the lower end of the Cascade Mountain Range. Typically we pass this mountain after dark or in the early morning hours after a night spent nearby. On this day, we arrived in late afternoon after enjoying many views of this bold volcano as we approached. Arriving in Shasta City, we raced up the mountain road, hoping that sunset would bathe the mountain in a rosy Alpenglow. During most of the drive, trees hid the top from view. Alas, when we arrived, the mountain was shrouded in clouds. The winds teased us for a an hour, blowing the clouds first one way and then the other. Finally when it seemed that the light was nearly gone, we started down the mountain. Then Larry noticed in his rear view mirror that a car heading up the hill had suddenly pulled over; at his first opportunity, he turned around and headed back up the mountain.
Sunset is the ideal time for capturing the alpenglow on this west facing slope. While the rising sun can turn lenticular clouds aflame, but detail is lost in the mountain itself.
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imaginglife (238) 2009-12-25 7:12
Merry Christmas to you. The picture is fantastic and colourful. The cloud is adding to the beauty of the picture. Nice capture.
denisn72 (8300) 2009-12-25 7:22
I like the warm colours on the white mountain and also the cloud above it. The dark forest makes an interesting foreground. The contrasts are strong and the sharpness is excellent too. Good job!
jwmunro (286) 2009-12-25 10:55
Hello Pat -
This is a special scene with the last light of the day warming the mountain. With light like this I am surprised the snow is not melting right in front of the camera lens. Here is a scene where letting the FG shadows block up really works well making sure our attention is focused on the light and the mountain. The cloud and it warm glow obscuring the mountain top is an added crown jewel to the scene. Well done! Excellent!!
Thank you for sharing and Merry Christmas.
pablominto (53746) 2009-12-25 11:01
Wonderful evening light and the cloud wrapping the summit adds mystery!
Excellent definition and fine colour reproduction, the special atmosphere is nicely transmitted...
Bit surprising to see this is October with all that fresh snow..!
And I wish you all a wonderful Christmas, White if possible!
pauloog (11751) 2009-12-25 11:34
This photo revives my memories of Mr Shasta which I saw some 40 yers ago when travelling through Oregon and northern California. Wonderful late afternoon photo with its play of light and shadows and special light, crowned by clouds.
maglex (1980) 2009-12-25 20:27
Hi Pat! A very beautiful scene and well captured, great mood with that cloud just getting tangled with the volcano's peak. Happy Holidays to you too! Rgds, Alex
PJE (20758) 2009-12-25 22:19
Hello Pat Merry Christmas. I love the manner of lighting captured on the mountain. And the sunlite filled cloud puts the icing on the cake. I gather the cloud has collected from evaporating snow on the mountain. Excellent capture Pat.
paura (47186) 2009-12-26 2:28
Very interesting the lighting contrast in your photo composition. The dark florest is really nice against the beautiful white mountain. Well done!
baba_flies (8829) 2009-12-26 5:25
Hello Pat! Always a pleasure to see Mt. Shasta, especially in this wonderful pink light with these exciting clouds hanging over the mountain top. I guess it always has some interesting winds up there. I just told someone else that I find it really nice to see what we all upload for Christmas, each sees it a little different, depending where we live and what kind of people are around us. Love this shot with the "Christmas" trees in your foreground. Also to you, all my best to you and your family ... Barbara.
delkoo (68) 2009-12-26 7:30
thanks for you wishes, this is a lovely photo, pinky hues are absolutely superb,
I wish you an happy new year.
Gerrit (51935) 2009-12-26 7:54
Have a great time and all the best for you and your loved ones.
Dyerco (10185) 2009-12-26 8:10
Well done here. The mountain is at its best in this light and the clouds add interest IMO.
Happy holidays to you both.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2009-12-27 5:06
It is an obviously spectacular image, by the clouds, the light and the arrises of the mountains, underlined by snow. The dark silhouettes of the trees contribute to put forward the luminous landscape. Cheer.
Have a nice sunday. Bonnes fêtes de fin d'année 2009! Bonne Année 2010!
pajaran (60131) 2009-12-27 8:23
Pozdrav, kod nas je kisa zamenila sneg.
Priroda je stvorila ovu lepotu a vi ste je ovom lepom fotografijom, pravim trenutkom snimka i bojama prikazali nama, odlican rad.
Sve najbolje, puno zdravlja i uspeha, Paja.
mesutilgim (95074) 2009-12-27 9:13
Great wintery scene very well captured.
Amazing the pink light illuminating the hillstop.
Very good infos as well.
TFS and best regards
bracasha75 (24589) 2009-12-27 11:28
One beautiful picture of this mountain in California and intresthing red cloud above
I wish you great holidays season
Emile (20352) 2009-12-27 11:44
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Excellent picture of the impressive Mt. Shasta covered by snow, lovely colors and very good silhouette of the pine trees. Very well captured.
xuaxo (6846) 2009-12-27 12:28
Outstanding picture, very good detail and nice composition with the forest in black.
Happy Christmas for Christians. Happy New Year for all.
Angshu (56750) 2009-12-28 0:34
Two of your favourites feature in this picture, the pastel pinkish shade on the snow, almost a Barbie colour...and the lenticular cloud sitting on top, like a hat! The silhouette of the tree line in the lower part of the frame acts as an ideal foil for the brilliantly lit Mt. Shasta
Take care and wish you the best for the new year
danos (97529) 2009-12-28 0:35
spectacular the sunset view with the pink fallen light to make the scene so creative.The existence of the cloud over the peak looks like as a crown.Excellent the management of the lighting conditions.
I wish,you and your family a wonderful, peaceful and prosperous New Year,Danos
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2009-12-28 0:44
you have presented here a nice colourful shot. Morning light enhanced its beauty. Your light management here is just great. Silhouetted trees and land in FG is proportionate and fantastic. Like the composition and the flake of red cloud in top of mountain. Very well captured. Tfs.
May the new year will bring to you and your family a lot of HLJ.
stelli (2993) 2009-12-28 6:46
Excellent choice for a season's greetings postcard! Thank you! :) Excellent light management and sharpness in the photo! The framing is appropriately tight! Thank you for sharing! Regards Stella
feather (51130) 2009-12-28 7:53
I haven't looked on TE since Christmas Eve so it is a pleasant surprise to see a new image from you. I always find the caps of clouds that mountains attract so intriguing. The pink colour from the setting sun is particularly attractive and the silhouetted trees make an excellent base.
Hope things are progressing well
Take care and best wishes for 2010
gunbud (34066) 2009-12-28 19:50
You did a marvelous job of catching that apple glow with special help from the lovely strawberry cloud laying atop this rugged snow capped beauty.
The silhouetted evergreengs make a fien lead-in to this late day blue sky beauty.
P.S. Best Wishes To You and Larry this coming year.
CapturedByGrace (14) 2009-12-28 23:25
Wow, beautiful light on the peak. Love the clouds hanging over it, and the dark contrasting trees in the foreground. Gorgeous.
coco (30439) 2009-12-29 1:57
Impressive and very beautiful landscape. The light is superb and I love also that cloud and the top of the mountain.
Well done and amazing composition with that forest at the foreground.
westcoastgirl1 (666) 2009-12-29 1:59
Beautiful orange glow captured.
Great lighting management
I love the dark trees below and the dark peaks of the mountain showing through the snow.
Happy New Year to you and your family,
emjleclercq (15780) 2009-12-29 13:01
Beautifull light, with gives us these pink cloud and mountain. Very well done,
npecanhuk (75156) 2009-12-30 2:34
I love mountains, specially those with their tops covered by snow, so this photograph is very attractive for me, with wonderful colors and perfect light management! A very beautiful image!
TFS - congratulations!
A very HAPPY 2010 to you, your family and friends!
s_lush (16134) 2009-12-31 23:20
This picturesque mountain is simply beautiful in your picture, where it is covered with so nicely colored formation of clouds. Thanks for the excellent shot and very interesting note where the useful information is given including that about the preparation for so successful capture!
Best regards and a Happy New Year!
MarianneS (15338) 2010-01-01 12:46
Great capture! It seems that the cloud landed on the top of the mountain:-)) The light is great and the contrast between the foreground and the snowy mountain is perfect.
I wish you all the best in 2010, to you and your beloved ones.
jaywalker (16101) 2010-01-02 11:04
Hi Pat, This view of Mt. Shasta is beautiful & with the light from the rising sun this creates a superb photo opportunity, here you have pulled it off & with the cloud resting on top that is a lovely extra, nice blue sky & great silhouettes as a base, kind regards Wilson.
josepmarin (58357) 2010-01-05 12:28
The light and the warm tones of the sunset give a great beauty to this impressive mountain covered with snow, and the shades draw its relief creating a nice 3D effect.
Is a fantastic photo.
PS: in my last photo I did not use tripod, because still I preserve a good pulse (I am a draughtsman, and before the PC I was working manually), and especially because my small bridge camera Sony has a good image stabilizer.
Waylim (25502) 2010-01-06 22:25
I pass through Shasta on my way to Crater Lake, it is very impressive, I wish I had time to stop, next time whenever that will be. This is just beautiful like icing on a chocolate lava cake, yum and the wiped cream on top. I also loe the ink like silhouette of the treeline. Beautiful Pat.
I wish you and your love ones a wonderful 2010. Thanks.
jmcl (14535) 2010-01-07 7:45
Beautiful and unique cloud .. the gentle and beautiful light on the powerful snow and stone is a thoughtful combination .. happy new year .. take care, John
kiks (12555) 2010-02-06 3:27
Majestic mountain and the big cloud on the top and the color make it even more beautiful.
Charo (51212) 2010-02-14 16:51
Wonderful sunset over the great snow mountain. The sun shines a little warmth to the cold snow.
Excellent perspective, light and details.
Hellas (6945) 2011-08-23 23:10
What a beautiful picture!
Very good timing, clarity and sharpness!
The cloud is resting on the peak!!!
Love the colour of the light and the whole atmosphere transferred through the lens.
- Copyright: Pat Lim (plimrn) (21344)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-10-15
- Categories: Nature
- Exposure: f/8, 1/50 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Cascade Mountain Range [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-12-25 7:07