Monthly Archives: February 2009

Spectacle

Events line up according to the rhythm of heavenly bodies and provide spectacles at times. In this case, a twice a year event occurs 2/3 of the way from Winter Solstice to Equinox, either way, before or after. The sun … Continue reading

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Fata Morgana……..the Shape Shifter

A special treat for you This is called a Superior Mirage, which elongates objects on the horizon upwards. It is not unique to northern climes, and is seen in the southern states such as Arizona often. The "prism or lens" that … Continue reading

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Uplifting

After an otherwise grey and windy (but happily warm) storm front on a mid February day, this momentary break in the clouds presented a good show. This is a 3 frame panorama, each frame taken in landscape orientation then stacked … Continue reading

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No Doubt Redoubt

You may have read about Mount Redoubt at unrest (Code Orange, eruption imminent). Here she is in view after a long period of obscured views due to storms. Quiet so far… Nothing quite like a setting sun next to an … Continue reading

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The Sky With Three Suns

A sun dog or sundog (scientific name parhelion, plural parhelia, for "beside the sun") is a bright circular spot on a solar halo. These are a common atmospheric optical phenomenon caused by refraction of sunlight by tiny 6 sided ice … Continue reading

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Alaska Winter Blues

With the days getting longer, the sun clearing some of the mountains, and a couple days sunny skies, it was a great Cabin Fever Reliever to get out and see some sights. These are all within 30 miles of Anchorage, a … Continue reading

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Flying Porpoise Over the Mountains

I saw this from near downtown and chased it for 25 minutes or so (and 15-20 road miles) till I got to the hillside, where this is what remained.   High lenticular cloud margins over the Chugach Mountains near mid day. … Continue reading

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