Circumhorizontal Arc

Several times a year we see a circumhorizontal arc high up in the wispy clouds.  These occur when the sun’s rays pass through flat, hexagonal-shaped ice crystals at a specific angle, causing the rays to bend, like in a prism, and light up the clouds with beautiful colors.  This one only lasted for a brief time, but was a joy to see.

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”  ~W. B. Yeats

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      • That’s for sure – one day I got to the Park and it was very gray so I had the camera with me in its pouch, but never took it out and really didn’t intend to. As I walked through the parking lot, a ray of sunshine burst through the dark clouds – a brilliant and bright ray. It lasted maybe 30 seconds – I wish I had caught it but it was gone before I had a chance to unzip my coat, get the camera, etc.

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