2016-009 – Lenticular Mandala

Lenticular Clouds - photographed by Tim Thompson
Lenticular Clouds – photographed by Tim Thompson

This week’s MotD theme: Skyscapes

While I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Mt. Rainier from the air and on the ground, I have yet to see it with this spectacular formation called Lenticular clouds. Back in 2008, photographer Tim Thompson captured this amazing photo of two very cool features: Mt. Rainier and these scrumptious clouds. In 2009 it was NASA’s Astronomy Photo of the Day!

How fun are these circular (mandala-like) cloud formations? They look like stacks of pancakes, or a bowl with a narrow base, or an upside down volcano, or spaceships! What do you see?

For a more scientific understanding of lenticular clouds (from wikipedia) …

Lenticular clouds (Altocumulus lenticularis) are stationary lens-shaped clouds that form in the troposphere, normally in perpendicular alignment to the wind direction. Lenticular clouds can be separated into altocumulus standing lenticularis (ACSL), stratocumulus standing lenticular (SCSL), and cirrocumulus standing lenticular (CCSL). Because of their shape, they have been offered as an explanation for some Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) sightings.

Inspiration For Today

Even though the facts about something can be interesting and may even be important, looking at Tim’s photo reminds us to have fun once in a while, to play, to daydream, and to allow our creative imaginations to run wild…like we did when we were kids.

Happy Coloring!

If you would want your mandala or your idea for a mandala to be considered for the “Mandala of the Day”, read about how on the Participate page. It’s easy! Or recommend one you’ve seen via my Contact page.


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