Sunday, February 24, 2013


I have been sidetracked by an "article" that I am writing that I plan to submit to a local newspaper, maybe the Sacramento Bee or the San Francisco Chronicle. It's all about the skies that I have photographed since we moved here in 2010. We have seen more stunning sights looking skyward than I could have ever possibly imagined. The skies here have compelled me to find sites like Atmospheric Optics and The Cloud Appreciation Society just to be able to identify what the heck we're looking at.

Last week I sent this photo to Les Cowley at Atmospheric Optics. I am utterly embarrassed to admit that I didn't recognize that silly lens reflection in the photo. I was just so surprised to find that blue dot in two photos out of many I shot that day. I chalked up my enthusiasm to a week of meteors and asteroids, so I was overly influenced by the moment. What Mr. Cowley saw, though, was a "faint upper tangent arc halo" and a "22 degree circular halo."  I was so relieved that he found something of merit. I thought it was an interesting sky, I just didn't know why.

I'm learning, and I'm sharing.


  1. I love your skies, and your sky shots. I hope you get that article published -- you'll be doing the towns of Colfax and Grass Valley a great service by bring sky gazers in!

  2. You really have captured some amazing sky photos. Be proud.Let us know when you are published and provide a link if you can.

  3. Good luck with the article, Robin Andrea! Where did you live before you moved to your current location?

  4. I love that sky! There's a lot going on there, even discounting the blue spot.
    Let me join my voice to the others' hoping you get the article published. Do let us know!