Mt. Rainier puts on brilliant show for final sunrise of 2012

The sun rises behind Mt. Rainier to cast this spectacular shadow on the skies on Dec. 31, 2012. (Photo courtesy: Matt White)

Just like the firework shows always save the best for their finale, Mt. Rainier is helping say goodbye to 2012 in dazzling fashion.

What you are seeing is our largest mountain casting its shadow on the sky.

The skies were painted with clouds at just the right altitude for the easel, and during our late autumn and early winter, the sun rises in just the right spot on the horizon to be directly behind Mt. Rainier for the trick to work.

Happy 2013!