Sometimes it’s worth remembering to look away from the sunset, too. I stopped to capture …

Sometimes it’s worth remembering to look away from the sunset, too. I stopped to capture this view yesterday.

(Incidentally: yes, there are signs and light poles inside the pond. The park doubles as a flood control basin.)

Sometimes it's worth remembering to look away from the sunset, too. I stopped to capture ...

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Fragments of a circumhorizon arc

Cirrus clouds/contrails above a spiky plant, with a rainbow-colored section of cloud.

Cirrus clouds/contrails above palm trees, with two sections of cloud in rainbow-like colors.

Fragments of a #CircumhorizonArc seen on my way back from lunch today. I took some shots with my phone, because that's what I had, then remembered that I had the good camera with me and grabbed it from the office. The clouds had shifted, but not far enough to destroy the effect completely.

#halos #rainbow #clouds #sky

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Oh, and saturation has been enhanced on both photos to bring out the colors.

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Just realized: autocorrect turned “cirrus clouds” into “citrus clouds” in the image descriptions. Yes, both of them.

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Rising above the clouds…

Rising above the clouds… I tried a lot of crops on this (otherwise it’s unmodified) but finally settled on the square because I wanted enough of both the rooftops and the sky bracketing the clouds and mountain, and I wanted to steer clear of some of the foreground buildings that would have appeared on the sides and break up the layout

Photo taken at: Los Angeles, California

Rising above the clouds… I tried a lot of crops on this (otherwise it’s unmodified) but finally settled on the square because I wanted enough of both the rooftops and the sky bracketing the clouds and mountain, and I wanted to steer clear of some of the foreground buildings that would have appeared on the sides and break up the layout.

#mountain #clouds #cityscape

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Clouds at night, lit up from below by the lights of Los Angeles. As you can imagine, we don’t see much in the way of stars on that side of the sky even on clear nights

Clouds at night, lit up from below by the lights of Los Angeles. As you can imagine, we don’t see much in the way of stars on that side of the sky even on clear nights

Clouds at night, lit up from below by the lights of Los Angeles. As you can imagine, we don’t see much in the way of stars on that side of the sky even on clear nights.

#nightsky #clouds

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Spectrum in the sky above the Irvine Spectrum.

Spectrum in the sky above the Irvine Spectrum. The rainbow colors are more ordered than I’d expect in an iridescent cloud, so I looked up ice halos that might produce this effect near vertical just before sunset. It turns out a circumzenithal arc is a perfect match: a rainbow arc near the zenith, brightest when the sun is very low. I’d never seen one before – it’s always cool to spot a new kind of sun halo.

It was around 90°F during the day at ground level, but of course it can be a lot colder in the upper atmosphere.

Saturation increased to show the colors more clearly.

#halo #rainbow #sky #clouds

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The angle of the sun makes the contrails’ shadows stand out sharply

The wind was steadily blowing from the left of the frame at ground level, and apparently at the level of a popular flight path as well. The angle of the sun makes the contrails’ shadows stand out sharply, and you can really tell the older trails from the newer ones by how far they’ve spread out.

#clouds #contrail

The wind was steadily blowing from the left of the frame at ground level, and apparently at the level of a popular flight path as well. The angle of the sun makes the contrails’ shadows stand out sharply, and you can really tell the older trails from the newer ones by how far they’ve spread out.

#clouds #contrail

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Ice crystals in a cirrus cloud reflect sunlight at exactly the right angle to produce …

Ice crystals in a cirrus cloud reflect sunlight at exactly the right angle to produce a feathery rainbow effect. in ideal circumstances, a circumhorizon arc can stretch all the way around the sky, parallel to the horizon, but usually it’s only seen in fragments like this. I’ve only seen a few of these, and it’s been years since I’ve seen one this intense (even without taking the photo through my polarized sunglasses).

A more commonly-seen 22 degree circular halo surrounds the sun at the top of the frame, and a contrail cuts thorough the scene

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eighteenbelow says:
Gorgeous photo! I have a lot of trouble photographing these kind of phenomena, so I really admire this.

Thanks!

I’m surprised it came out as well as it did. If I’d had my better camera with the zoom lens, I would have gotten some better shots of just the bright cloud – but then I wouldn’t have been carrying it with me to lunch, and the colors were gone in the time it would have taken to run back in and get it. So it’s probably just as well I stayed and watched instead.

(Also, I wasn’t sure I’d gotten the shot at all. My phone locked up and I couldn’t be sure it had saved the picture. Someone nearby who was also watching it offered to send me his picture, which ended up taking a few hours to work its way through the cell network, but by then I’d long since confirmed that my own shots had been saved.)

Puffy clouds and reflections. The holes in the side of the building are for a major remodel. They just took down a plywood and scaffolding garbage chute that ran down the outside of the building.

Puffy clouds and reflections. The holes in the side of the building are for a major remodel. They just took down a plywood and scaffolding garbage chute that ran down the outside of the building.

Puffy clouds and reflections. The holes in the side of the building are for a major remodel. They just took down a plywood and scaffolding garbage chute that ran down the outside of the building.

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