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.)
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.
Oh, and saturation has been enhanced on both photos to bring out the colors.
Just realized: autocorrect turned “cirrus clouds” into “citrus clouds” in the image descriptions. Yes, both of them.
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.
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.
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.
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
Gorgeous photo! I have a lot of trouble photographing these kind of phenomena, so I really admire this.
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.)
Crimson Saucers in the Sky on Flickr.
Flashback of the day: lenticular clouds lit up red by the sunset.