By now you know, if you follow my blog, that I am a big fan of what we call Atmospheric Optics.
Mirages, Sun Dogs, Halos and so on.
This one is a very rare treat.
There are certain flashes of light that occur in very specific conditions, and only for an instant, like certain elemental isotopes in the nuclear laboratory. Unlike the scientific lab, these phenomena can be seen by anyone at all who cares to go out and look. Oh yes you must be vigilant and persistent, and you have to educate yourself as to where and when.
I am only a student of such things, but a diligent one.
Below the sun is a Red Flash, a beam of light refracted by a thin layer of dense air close to the earth’s surface. This refraction bends the light downward, and the red wavelength appears at the sun’s lower limb. It is visible because it is being magnified by a mirage, which you can detect by the way the sun appears to be melting into the horizon. This is an inferior mirage. The thin broken line of sunlight just above the sun’s reflection in the water is also part of the mirage.
This is Cook Inlet near Anchorage Alaska. The thin strip of land forming the horizon is the northern Kenai Peninsula.
It is rare that I will provide a quote from another, but I do so tonight, here is my choice;
To see with one’s own eyes, to feel and judge without succumbing to the suggestive power of the fashion of the day, to be able to express what one has seen and felt in a trim sentence or even in a cunningly wrought word- is that not glorious? It is not a proper subject for congratulation? (Albert Einstein, 1934)
This piece of music is another offering of the unusual, an instrumental by It’s a Beautiful Day,
Don and Dewy