Lenticular Cloud Over Pacaya Volcano

June 30, 2017

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PhotographerJaime Orlando Chanquín Paz 
Summary AuthorsJaime Orlando Chanquín Paz; Jim Foster

The photo above shows a lenticular cloud positioned over the active volcanic cone of Pacaya volcano in Guatemala. It was taken at Finca Los Pocitos around 10:30 on the night of April 29, 2017. A minor eruption of Pacaya was occurring at the time I took the photo. Because I accidentally left a small flashlight on during the shot (a nearly minute-long exposure), the landscape in the foreground at lower left appears purple-red. This inadvertent illumination also shows solidified lava resulting from an eruption in 2014.

Photo Details: 16 mm lens; ISO 4000; F/2.8; 54.0 second exposure.