Very few views are finer than a mixture of granite and clouds. Ever since I was a little kid I remember being enamored by, “mountains that go all the way up to the clouds.” I have since come to a more full understanding of this phenomenon, but the intrigue is still written on my core. I was flying yesterday in the Chugach mountains for 8 solid hours. As the day progressed the winds increased. It was a blue bird day until the wind started to blow. Then I had the pleasure of watching clouds form out of thin air. Sometimes they are not even clouds, just a frozen haze of tiny ice particles glistening in the sun and reducing visibility. It’s like flying around in one never ending cloud. It always looks like the visibility is going to get really bad up ahead, but it never does. The ice crystals look like snow flakes, but the sun is shining, so it does not make sense. Ice crystals and sun are difficult to capture with a camera, which is why everybody should own a Super Cub and fly regularly in the mountains.
This photo was taken in September. Unfortunately I forgot my camera yesterday so I did not even get a chance to take photos of the sun, or the clouds, or the ice crystals. But, good Lord willing I’ll get another chance.
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