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 causes this is a temperature inversion, cold earth surface, warmer atmosphere upwards near horizon.
It is a rare treat here, it has taken me several years to come up with a photo pair that illustrates what I see fairly frequently.
This first one is the clear view, the regular (control specimen if you will)

IMGP1515 a Clear View

The Legend;
Named after King Aurthur’s half sister who seduced him and the resulting offspring
thus became his ultimate undoing in the last battle.
Taea Morgana is the Italian translation of Morgan le Fay, the shapeshifter.
Here is Fata Morgana, the Shape Shifter

IMGP0102 a Fata Morgana

Me, I am thankfull for each and every amazing thing I see like this,

and of course people like you all to share with.

Look around you and find, there is magic out there!


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14 Responses to Fata Morgana……..the Shape Shifter

  1. Rhonda says:

    Magical indeed…what a treat this is Steve and I love the legend….you never cease to amaze me with your talent and the beauty you capture.

  2. Pat says:

    Fantastic – my jaw dropped when I saw the second photo – amazing – many thanks.

  3. Arctic says:

    Thank for special treat Steve, i never thought it could happen in that far north, that happend at costal areas in China offten, but i dint hear similar news in Canada for years. i just wonder whether the name of Taea Morgana imply that the earlier settlers in the region were Italian whalers or gold rushers…havn\’t been away for a while, very happy to be treated when i back.

  4. Sue says:

    Oh Magic the right wordYour pic are always so beautiful, thanks for show usTake caresue

  5. jude says:

    wow….hugs from montreal…..

  6. m60a3 says:

    She almost pulls you inside, the picture wanting but never touching, yet I can see and understand.PeaceMark

  7. Kimmy says:

    Wow I\’ve never heard of such a phenomenon before. Very cool! Alaska is the land of enchantment. There\’s always something going pleasing to the eye. 😉

  8. Rambling says:

    There is magic and I see it here with you. 🙂

  9. catamaran says:

    Your senses are optimal Steve…thanks for sharing.

  10. Sherry says:

    I\’ve never heard of this before either. That\’s amazing

  11. Vieille Ourse says:

    Simply magic !Actually "the first mention of the "Fata Morgana" phenomenon in English was in 1818, when this type of mirage was observed in the Strait of Messina, between Calabria and Sicily" (Wikipedia).Hugs,Katia

  12. JaeElle says:

    I\’ve never heard of this before. This is awesome! I\’m seeing it for the first time, through Steve\’s eyes. Thank you, Steve.

  13. Jodi says:

    Add me to that list of "never heard or seen of it before." … And I\’m here in Arizona. Is it only seen through a camera lense/in a photo or can it be seen with the naked eye? Interesting. Will have to do some more reading on it.

  14. Cat says:

    re Fata Morgana – Mists of Avalon(the first in a trilogy) tells the story from the viewpoint of the women – having always loved the tales of Arthur – of course I had to read all 3 of the books – and I love the colors in this photo

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