Tall Tales From The Field

How did this happen? The sun is round, right?

dawn2dawn photography

This image I shot at Point Lobos at Carmel, California shows a distorted sun at sunset. The top of the solar disc is a mirage, an optical phenomenon in which distant objects may seem distorted. Mirages of this type occur at high latitudes when a warm layer of air rests on a cold layer. The light rays coming from an object (here the Sun) are bent down from the warm layer producing the distorted image. And by the way, the sun appears red at sunset because of particulates in the atmosphere (which the suns rays must travel through at sunset) cause blue light to scatter and leaving the sun red.

POINT LOBOS SUNSET

View original post

6 responses

  1. emiliopasquale

    Looks like an explosion!

    Liked by 1 person

    January 19, 2017 at 8:41 PM

  2. Fun effect.

    Liked by 1 person

    January 19, 2017 at 9:00 PM

    • This was how it really looked Peggy!

      Liked by 1 person

      January 19, 2017 at 9:14 PM

      • I knew it was genuine. Probably should have said fun illusion. Lucky for you that you saw it and lucky for us that you captured and shared it.

        Like

        January 20, 2017 at 12:26 AM

  3. Oooo… lovely shot

    Like

    January 19, 2017 at 9:40 PM

  4. Interesting explanation for this phenomena.

    Like

    January 20, 2017 at 12:39 AM

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s