Tuesday, March 3, 2009

ABC Wednesday: G is for Glow of alpenglow


Alpenglow is a special optical phenomenon that happens when the sun sets below the horizon. Since the sun is already below the horizon, there is no direct sun light. The band of Golden light, alpenglow, seen here on the mountain top was a reflection of the sun light through the particles in the atmosphere.


We saw this amazing phenomenon when we were on a photographic tour in New Mexico, USA last November.

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18 comments:

richies said...

I have never seen this phenomenon, but you have captured it beautifully

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Mara said...

I would love to see that in person! Really nice photos...

Joy said...

I have just read a novella set partly in Austria that mentioned alpenglow so thank you for showing me the real thing.

photowannabe said...

Spectacular. What a phenomen. Great capture.

Sylvia K said...

That is awesome! Beautiful shot! and so perfect for the "G" Day!

Suzanne said...

Oh my gosh, I've ALWAYS wanted to see alpenglow. This is beautiful, thank you so much.

Pat said...

Lovely photos of something I've never before seen. It's beautiful. Thanks for sharing your photos, and the information.

uncleawang said...

Look at it..amazing !!!!
So beautiful..

Kate said...

WOW, most of my photos are shot in New Mexico, but I've never seen this! Where were these taken?

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Karyn said...

That is so cool, and your photos showcase this phenomenon very nicely.

Well done.

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Bautiful pictures, really magical stuff. I've seen similar out in the archipelago of Stockholm once and it was stunning.

Tyra

spacedlaw said...

It makes for dramatic shots! Thanks for teaching me a new word!

Reader Wil said...

This is the first time I see this! It's very interesting and beautiful! Thank for sharing. Thanks also for dropping by.

Jay said...

Wow ... look at that!! Isn't that something? I've never seen it, but now I wish I could. What a gift to a photographer, too!

Tumblewords: said...

Beautiful - I've never seen it!

Hope said...

Breathtaking! I've never seen an alpenglow...I imagine it's a rare event. Thanks for sharing!

Carol said...

Beautiful photos...I like how you gave a closer view...very pretty

Granny Smith said...

These are amazing photos of a seldom seen phenomenon. I have never seen this one, nor have I seen the "green flash" as the sun sets or rises on a perfectly level horizon. I was once on deck when all my fellow passengers saw it, but I must have blinked! I'm happy to be able to share in a similar experience through your photos.

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