Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Sunset and Dawn

Atmospheric Beauty

Near sunset on October 29th, after a long day of rain and overcast, I noticed a strange orange light outside. Past experience made me think a rainbow might be visible opposite the nearly setting sun. Sure enough, when I rushed outside with my phone camera I saw the next two views. A bit of secondary rainbow is visible in the second picture. Click on these panoramic images to enlarge them.
Just a few days later, On November 3rd, I happened to look out the window near dawn and saw the following display of crepuscular rays. Click on the image to enlarge it.
The bright pink rays are sunlight passing through gaps in distant unseen clouds below the horizon. The darker blue rays are shadows cast by these same distant clouds. The dark and light rays are actually parallel to each other, but their source is so far away that they appear to converge just as parallel railroad tracks seem to converge in the distance. (Crepuscular means "relating to twilight".)

I continue to be surprised and astounded by the capability of my phone camera. In future posts I hope further explore how well the camera can capture sky scenes. 

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People say I'm crazy doing what I'm doing
Well they give me all kinds of warnings to save me from ruin
When I say that I'm o.k. well they look at me kind of strange
Surely you're not happy now you no longer play the game

People say I'm lazy dreaming my life away
Well they give me all kinds of advice designed to enlighten me
When I tell them that I'm doing fine watching shadows on the wall
Don't you miss the big time boy you're no longer on the ball

I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round
I really love to watch them roll
No longer riding on the merry-go-round
I just had to let it go

John Lennon