Cloud Mountain

A mountain-shaped cloud appears among the peaks of the Bear River Range in this photo looking east from 10th West in Logan on Wednesday.

The massive, mountain-shaped cloud captured in the image below was visible Wednesday afternoon looking east toward Logan Canyon from the Herald Journal office on 10th West.

When hearing stories of the Greek gods, did you ever wonder what their mythical dwelling place, Mt. Olympus, might have looked like? Wonder no longer. It looked like this.

For perspective on this photo, note the Logan LDS Temple in the foreground, along with the two mountains framing the mouth of the canyon. The cloud mountain may not appear that large initially, but consider how far away it must have been, perhaps even as far away as Bear Lake.

Unfortunately, the picture was taken with a camera phone, and an old one at that, so the splendor of the sight does not come fully across. But it’s a fun and interesting local image nonetheless, befitting of a Friday Finisher.

As most readers probably know, the Mt. Olympus of Greek mythological fame has no real-world equivalent, although a mountain in modern-day Thessaly is known by that name. Unbound by gravity, Zeus, Apollo, Hera, Athena & Co. seemed to have lived in the clouds.

The name has so much historical resonance and conjures up so much majesty that it has been used around the globe to name dozens of prominent mountains, including a couple in California and, of course, Utah’s own Mt. Olympus, the tallest peak on the Wasatch Front, overlooking the Sugar House section of Salt Lake City.

And here’s one more piece of trivia about the name Olympus: It was adopted for the moniker of the tallest known peak in the solar system! That’s the 88,583-foot extinct volcano on Mars known as Olympus Mons.

Enjoy the last week of spring, Cache Valley. The short-term forecast looks ideal for more cloud watching.