Mt. Rainier’s Sunrise Shadow: PHOTO


Here are a set of photos that make me wish I lived near Mt Rainier this time of year, when it casts a shadow on the sky:

"It only happens when the sun rises farther to the south as we head toward the winter solstice and has to be in the exact position to where Rainier blocks the first rays of morning light."


  1. Brian says

    The mountain’s out, I’m calling in sick to work.

    (which means, to non-locals, it’s not misty and gray where you can’t see more than a half mile in any direction…and going to be a nice day!)

  2. uffda says

    I live here and when you know this kind of view is out there (and it’s everywhere around me in a region that’s all virtually a national park) it’s like money in the bank, they gray and the rain are just an interlude of contrast.

  3. Atl2Sea says

    I do live near Mt. Rainier and appreciate you posting the photos; sometimes even the locals missing seeing the “mountain” given daily life. We have many Towelroad fans out here in Seattle, so there are plenty of friendly faces to hang with when you can visit the Evergreen state.

  4. says

    Pretty, but I’m not buying the solstice explanation. A mountain is going to cast a shadow on the clouds any morning there’s cloud cover to the west and clear sky to the east. And the reverse is true at sunset. All year ’round. The shadow’s bearing will shift with the sunrise/set’s apparent position on the horizon, though.

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