The Opposition Effect Streak

This morning I was so pleased to see that one of my images was included in EarthSky’s Top Images of 2022. Science-based photography is one of my favorites and when I can capture an optic in a landscape that adds to the overall image, I’m a pretty happy girl.

I learned about this effect from the amazing physicist, Les Cowley, of atmospheric optics and it’s a favorite of mine to spot. In the image above the stalks act as columns and at the antisolar point, the shadows are hidden, creating that bright streak above the vehicle.

In December, I start thinking about my favorite images of the year and this one will be included in my selection for 2022.

Thanks EarthSky https://earthsky.org/todays-image/earthskys-top-photos-from-2022/ and thank you Les https://atoptics.co.uk/atoptics/oppim3.htm

I do go on sometimes…

but not today.

black and white crepuscular rays shooting out from a cloud

I planted my self in the middle of a great many Glasses full of Dew, tied fast about me, upon which the Sun so violently darted his Rays, that the Heat, which attracted them, as it does the thickest Clouds, carried me up so high, that at length I found my self above the middle Region of the Air.

Cyrano de Bergerac

It’s been a great week and today I’m just feeling really content. Good news abounded and nature threw in some beauties as well. This image of crepuscular rays was also an EarthSky “Today’s Image”, always an honor for me and a good reminder of why it’s important to carry your camera with you.