Cloud First – Zach Turner

Cloud First – Zach Turner

Lenticular clouds over Hartsel Colorado

The above image was taken in Hartsel Colorado. The aera is a low-lying bowl like valley surrounded by mountains. This geographic area is perfect for finding lenticular clouds. The rapid change in altitude as winds climb the mountains surrounding the valley generates a standing wave above the airflow. Lenticular clouds are generated by this standing wave and sit stationary about mountain peaks. The Lenticular cloud in the picture above is an altocumulus cloud. These clouds punctuate a stable atmosphere as required to maintain the flow of a standing wave.

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  • Ben Clairday
    Dec 14, 2023 09:58

    Hey Zach, I like how you framed the shot to show the surrounding scenery as well. The lenticular clouds are stunning!

  • Sam Lippincott
    Dec 7, 2023 15:10

    Something about the photo looks like you used a fish eye lens or a very wide field of view. It gives the photo an effect I enjoy regardless of if that was actually used in the photography. Nicely done!

  • Ari Matrajt Frid
    Dec 1, 2023 18:11

    I love the shapes of the clouds you managed to capture, although I think cropping some of the foreground would allow for more emphasis to be placed on the clouds


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