'Tis the season for dramatic sunrise shadows

Sun rises behind Mt. St. Helens as seen from Chehalis on Nov. 5, 2012. (Photo courtesy: YouNews contributor dimarch)

Autumn might be best known for the changing of the leaves and, around here, the coronation of the rainy season. But there is another little-known benefit to the season: It's when the sun rises in the right spot to make for some dramatic sunrise photos.

Starting about mid-to-late October and lasting through the end of the year or so, the sun begins to rise far enough south that it comes up from behind Mt. Rainier. The mountain then becomes the region's largest shadow puppet, casting it's triangular shape across the skies of Puget Sound.

This past week was no different, as we were treated to the phenomenon from both Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens (pictured above).

Here is the another photo from Rainier:

Reminds me of an incredible photo taken last year by Nick Lippert of the Rainier shadow:

Speaking of neat sky tricks, Aaron Ayers snapped this unusual cloud photo Monday evening near Granite Falls:

This is called a "hole punch" cloud and is caused by a jet aircraft descending through the cloud layer.

Those can be seen anytime of the year.