Lenticular clouds (Altocumulus lenticularis) are stationary lens-shaped clouds that form at high altitudes, normally aligned perpendicular to the wind direction. These have formed on top of 14,179 feet Mt. Shasta at the southern end of the Cascade Range in Siskiyou County, California.
Looking at this photo again, I couldn’t help but think about an epic battle between two forces of nature and the newspaper headline that would describe it. This Skagit Valley field was in full bloom in April of last year. A few fays later, workers walked through the fields cutting off the heads so new energy would go into the bulb. As with the Tulips, the bulbs are the real harvest here. Only a small percentage of the harvest is for the florist trade in blooms and bouquets.
By the way, for all those that helped defeat SOPA/PIPA, give yourselves a big pat on the back. You can read a press release from Fight For The Future here.