Three smaller birds tried to chase away a pair of hawks from an electrical tower. One of them flew off while they chased it. The other waited a bit, then flew off to join the first one circling farther away.
Walked down to the pier on a gloomy day while my car was in the shop. People were pretty good at spreading out and wearing masks (prob. because the city started fining people back in summer).
Among other shorebirds, I saw a group of a half dozen pelicans whirling around and diving for fish.
A bright #sundog next to a glass-sided building. The sun is off to the left out of frame. The sundog had a bit more color and more of the spectrum in it as seen through my polarized sunglasses, so I kind of wish I'd taken a shot through one of the lenses, but at least you can see how bright it was.
I haven't adjusted the color on this image at all – except for cropping, it's straight out of my phone.
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.
Some recent sun #halo displays I’ve seen in the last 2 weeks: An upper tangent arc (my first!), the top edges of a circumscribed and 22° circular halo, and most of a 22° circular halo (with bonus contrail shadow on the cloud layer!)
All shot on my Pixel 2 with levels adjusted.
These are all formed by reflection and refraction of light in ice crystals. (A great reference: https://www.atoptics.co.uk/halo/common.htm )
Also, all seen from Los Angeles, which isn’t freezing…at ground level.
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.)
Sun halo fragments, clockwise from upper left: A sundog to the left of the sun, part of a 22° circular halo to the right, and what I think is part of a parhelic circle in the opposite direction. I’ve seen the first two often enough, even here in #losangeles, but this is the first time I’ve seen the latter, which is a white circle that appears at the same altitude as the sun. #Halos like these are caused by reflections inside ice crystals, sometimes near the ground and sometimes in the upper atmosphere. #sky
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.
Looking up through the foliage.
Leaving the Moon on Flickr.