Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Arcata Arcs

It had been a while since I'd seen so many arcs and halos like this. I think the last time was three years ago when we were still living in the foothills. Always a surprising joy to see such a thing. It doesn't last long, but the moment lasts a lifetime. I knocked on the neighbor's door so the kids could come out and take a look. They loved it. It's good to know there will be a new generation of fans of the atmospheric beauty of our skies.

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  1. Have tell you, Robin, that ever since I found your blog with all these amazing pictures I have been looking at the sky with new eyes. And more wonder. Thank you.

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    1. Sabine-- I love knowing that you have been looking up to see what's happening. Sometimes there are sights you never expect to see.

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  2. Amazing. Is that a horizontal rainbow?

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    1. Colette-- Starting from the top, there's a circumhorizon arc, a supralateral arc, a hint of an upper tangent arc, over a 22 degree halo, a hint of a parhelic circle, and two sundogs.

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  3. HOLY PAGGIOLI! That's about as perfect an image as is possible! It would make a wonderful cover photo for a scifi book.

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    1. CCorax-- It's a pretty good image. If you google around you'll see some photos of halos and arcs taken in the far northern latitudes that are pretty freakin' spectacular. So glad you liked this one. Thank you!

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  4. Seen a few arcs but no halos yet and none I managed to get a photo of

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    1. Bill-- I hope you do get to see arcs and halos like this. I'd love to see your photos when you do!

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  5. Oh, nice! We see sundogs fairly often, although not much this time of year, but a complete arc is very rare, and the upper tangential arc is even rarer. The photo is very good, too. It's really hard to get good shots of that kind of thing.

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    1. Mark-- We see 22 degrees and sundogs fairly often. It's the arcs that really knock us out. I was so happy I ran out front to get a clearer look.

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  6. How cool of you to share with those kids who would never have seen it other wise. I am still zero for life in seeing one. You will hear me holler when I do.

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    1. Patti-- When I was out there clicking photos, I realized I had to show the kids. I just couldn't not. I know you'll see something beautiful. Just keep your eyes on the sky, block the sun and check out what's going on around it. Good luck!

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  7. Wow! I, too, look at the sky with new eyes because of your photos.

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    1. am-- Spreading the awesomeness of the sky all around! So glad to know that you too are looking up.

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  8. Amazing. I do so love the way a common awesome sight binds us together despite any differences. We all stare in wonder and say, "Did you see THAT?" And for that brief time we are all one.

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    1. NCmountainwoman-- Yes! I love that "did you see that?" moment. It's the best. We really are living in interesting (weirdly so) times.

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  9. I have never seen one of those. I am glad you got the photo of it. Perhaps it is a sign of good things to come for you and for the country.

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    1. Nora-- I love seeing atmospheric optics. Once you've seen something like this, you can't take your eyes off the sky!

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  10. so wonderful that you brought the kids out to see it! it's an amazing display in the sky. I love that you look up.

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    1. Tara-- I love that they were so excited about it. We have to leave our planet in good hands and hearts.

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  11. Hi Robin, I am just catching up on your posts after being offline for the week.
    First off Happy Belated Birthday!🎂 Love seeing the photos of you and your brother.
    As I was reading your story about the confused senior who kept calling you I remembered something similar happening to us. A older lady phoning from Florida trying to get hold of her daughter. We had a lovely chat while we figured out the area code too.
    Thanks for sharing the beautiful sky photo. Lovely you shared it with the neighbours.
    Have a wonderful week!
    Robin

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    1. Robin-- So good to hear from you. Thank you for your birthday wishes, much appreciated. I love knowing that you had a similar telephone call and assisted an older woman. It's so good to try and help out. Glad you liked the photo. Looking forward, as always, to seeing what you've been seeing lately too!

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  12. I don't know what I'd think (or feel) if I had seen this in person. Now, I'll have an idea and not be freaked out...

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    1. Pat-- It is truly a wonderful sight to see what a bit of sunlight and ice crystals can do in the sky. I love it every time!

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