Lenticular Clouds Over Rocky Mountain National Park

January 11, 2022


Photographer: Richard H. Hahn

Summary Author: Richard H. Hahn

This vibrant photo of lenticular clouds over Deer Mountain in the Rocky Mountain National Park was taken just before sunrise on October 21, 2021. Lenticular clouds typically form on the downwind or lee side of the front range of the Rocky Mountains, where moist, stable air hits a disturbance and is forced upwards. As the air encounters this disturbance, it can cool below the local dew point to form these distinctive clouds.  Clear sky to the east of the mountains allowed the sunrise light to illuminate the lenticulars with long wavelength light.

Photo details: Canon EOS R5, Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L III USM, 1/15s@f/11, ISO 800, lens focal length 70mm.


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