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The photographer as Brocken Spectre in one of the gullies of Piz Lad. The concentrical inner rings are called glories,, while the outer rings are fogbows. Thanks to atoptics2 (see below) for the explanation. Sept 8th 2008

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vancouver islanderPopularly called...

vancouver islander

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...a "sundog" is it not? Very nice is any event.
Posted Oct 9, 2008 3:21 pm

Gangolf HaubRe: Popularly called...

Gangolf Haub

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So it's a sundog? Luiso calls it a Brocken Spectre. I guess I'll still have some research to do :-)
Posted Oct 10, 2008 2:47 am

Gangolf HaubRe: Popularly called...

Gangolf Haub

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Did my research - Luiso was right:

wikipedia

Athmospheric Optics

Touching the Light
Posted Oct 10, 2008 2:55 am

vancouver islanderRe: Popularly called...

vancouver islander

Voted 10/10

Luiso's quite right.

A sun dog is something else - but at least you'll know one when you see one (as will I).

Cheers,

Martin
Posted Oct 10, 2008 11:02 am

woodsxcRe: Popularly called...

woodsxc

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Sundogs are partial rainbows that appear on opposite sides of the sun. They don't require rain, just clouds. This is not a sundog.
Posted Oct 14, 2008 3:04 pm

WhiteoutAmazing

Whiteout

Voted 10/10

picture!
Posted Oct 11, 2008 6:01 am

Gangolf HaubRe: Amazing

Gangolf Haub

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Not quite a whiteout - but only little was missing :-)

Thanks
Posted Oct 11, 2008 6:05 am

atoptics2Glory, Brocken and Fogbow

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This is a magnificent sighting. The shadow is that of the photographer cast through the mist - it is often called a "Brocken Spectre".

The inner coloured rings are a 'glory'
http://www.atoptics.co.uk/droplets/glory.htm
produced when sunlight is diffracted and backscattered by the small water drops of fog and mist.

The outer rings are a fogbow with very bright and clear inner supernumerary fringes
http://www.atoptics.co.uk/droplets/fogbow.htm
http://www.atoptics.co.uk/droplets/fogcar.htm

To produce so many clear inner fringes the fog droplets must have all been almost of the same size.

Posted Oct 12, 2008 5:23 am

Gangolf HaubRe: Glory, Brocken and Fogbow

Gangolf Haub

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Thanks for the explanation. I'll change the caption accordingly.
Posted Oct 12, 2008 6:08 am

Sierra Ledge Ratbeautiful!

Sierra Ledge Rat

Voted 10/10

thank's for letting us see that great photo!
Posted Oct 12, 2008 10:08 pm

Gangolf HaubRe: beautiful!

Gangolf Haub

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You're welcome. It was just a matter of being at the right place at the right time...
Posted Oct 13, 2008 3:36 am

millsMIndblowing

mills

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Superb photo, just found this and it blew me away, thanks for posting :)
Posted Sep 22, 2010 3:59 pm

Gangolf HaubRe: MIndblowing

Gangolf Haub

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Thanks! The real experience was even more strange than the photo tells. Also, I cannot decide whether I like this picture or the other one:

http://www.summitpost.org/image/451446/Self-Portrait.html
Posted Sep 27, 2010 4:12 pm

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on Oct 9, 2008 3:07 pm

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