Flying Porpoise Over the Mountains

I saw this from near downtown and chased it for 25 minutes or so (and 15-20 road miles) till I got to the hillside,
where this is what remained.
High lenticular cloud margins over the Chugach Mountains near mid day.
Lenticular clouds form over mountains that actually modify the air currents and local weather.
This is common with very high mountains like McKinley and Everest and less so with the Chugach Range.
Could have called it Raven Sky instead.
What do you think?
Porpoise, Raven or what?

IMGP1670 a Flying Porpoise

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29 Responses to Flying Porpoise Over the Mountains

  1. Duckie says:

    I\’m with you on Porpoise. How great are the moments when we witness such a view.Eileen

  2. Rhonda says:

    Definitely, a porpoise…OMG this is amazing…it is so very clear. Imagine the odds of you being in the right place at the right time to capture this…you were meant to capture this moment in time…totally incredible.Hugs

  3. Sue says:

    Porpoise, wow there not words for how lovely this pic is ,you where in right place at the right timeTake careSue

  4. kevin says:

    I don\’t know about animal shapes Steve, but it\’s a nice effect, like fine brush strokes…

  5. jude says:

    nice…..hugs from montreal

  6. puzzle says:


  7. catamaran says:

    Hey Steve,your question is not answered…i let my imagination…greetings Dorthy.

  8. kïrstin says:

    i think porpoise fits best. i saw halos or caps over pikes peak in colorado frequently. not as wispy as this, and seemed to change rapidly as the wind blew over the peak, but the little clouds never left the top of the mountain. rather they seemed to form with the wind cresting the peak, and dissipate with the current leaving the peak.this one looks like air brushed.kïrstin☼

  9. PEP says:

    Absolutely beautiful

  10. JoAnn says:

    Definitely porpoise! Glad ya chased it and shared! Love it!

  11. Patsy says:

    What a chase you had. If it matters I think it looks like a porpoise. Stay warm, Pat

  12. Rambling says:

    You\’re right! Porpoise! I must be infected with the same sort of chase fever as I went all over where I live here trying (and failing) to get THE picture of a cloud formation over the mountains and no matter where I went, trees were in the way. I had seen the scene 🙂 from across town. I came to the highest road in town and no luck. I drove for miles looking for a perch, luck. You did great and what a wonderful treat this morning for us!

  13. Fizz says:

    These clouds are a fantastic representation of aerodynamics! Wonderful, Wonderful!!! Great job, Steve.

  14. Terry says:

    Porpoise for sure. I\’m just speechless they are so awesome.

  15. Beth says:

    Whatever you think it is, it is truly beautiful.

  16. Here I Am says:

    Thank you for taking the time to chase this one down. This is spectaclar.. Definitly a porpoise…Very beautiful

  17. Sheila says:

    I see a porpoise. Great pic!

  18. Shelly says:

    Whatever we see…one thing is for sure it\’s beautiful! Thank you for sharing this and all of your other beautiful Photos!

  19. J says:

    A dolphin ride like no other! Go Flipper!j

  20. Pat says:

    I could stretch to a porpoise – great photo!!

  21. KatSoup says:

    wow, I learn something new everyday, whether I planned on it or not. thanx

  22. Vaughn says:

    Steve, you have such a great eye.

  23. Suki x says:

    Porpoise or dolphin a beautiful capture Steve as always. We are full of snow here in the UK now the deepest we have had for 16 years! Of course the country ground to a halt! Simply because we are not used to it and do not have the tyers and chains to get the trafic moving! But great fun was had by all the children as the shools were also closedThanks for all your beautiful images especially the sunsets/rises Love Suki x

  24. Rhapsody says:

    ooooh i like that, i am so jealous, you have such picturesque shots….makes my camera finger itch. Hope you and your family are all well. lovely as always visiting.

  25. Jill says:

    that\’s awesome.. i think porpoise is perfect. i love the visual of you chasing the shot. my family laughs at me when i jump in the car to get a better shot of clouds or rainbows, but sometimes you just have to move.

  26. Ellen says:

    Isn\’t that something… Steve, you\’re really good at this!

  27. Greg says:

    This is a great pic Steve…It makes the invisible visible for a moment in time.

  28. JaeElle says:

    Porpoise sky is perfect! Wow! What a picture!! Only in Alaska, right? I\’ve never seen anything like this anywhere before. So glad your chase ended so perfectly! Thank you for this picture, Steve.

  29. Barbara says:

    I love this pic!!!! gorgeousTake careBarbie

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