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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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