Monday, March 30, 2020

A Different Kind of Corona

Just seeing the word Corona so much lately made me want to post photos of beautiful Coronas I have seen. So here to restore the word Corona to its original beauty are some photos I took when we lived in the Sierra foothills (2010-2014):




Coronas are beautiful atmospheric optics created by diffraction of light by tiny cloud droplets or sometimes small ice crystals. 

38 comments:

  1. Beautiful. I wouldn't mind catching that sort of Corona!

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    1. John-- Yes! That's the Corona we need to catch.

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  2. Inspired to write a blog post about Lawrence Ferlinghetti, I'm still awake way beyond my usual bedtime and so happy to see your beautiful corona photos.

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    1. am-- I just read your post. It is so beautiful. Poetic, loving, and touching. Glad you liked these corona pics.

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  3. Thanks for putting that word in a "different light."

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    1. Paul-- It's good to remember that beauty of light.

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  4. Thanks for this reminder of how beautiful is our world. xo

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    1. 37paddington-- The necessary balance to these challenging times.

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  5. wonderful images! I needed this ray of hope today.

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    1. Tara-- We needed it too. Beauty is the balance.

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  6. Always glad to see these kinds of coronas captured in your lens. Thanks!

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    1. Barbara-- I don't get to see them often, but when I do I run for the camera!

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  7. Now those are some very skillfully taken photos.

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    1. Red-- Thank you so much for those kind words.

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  8. Now those coronas warm the heart. Loved the one peaking through the side of that fir tree. Thank you.

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    1. Patti-- It's good to hold the beauty of corona these days. I loved that tree-peaking corona as well.

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  9. I like your coronas much better. Beautiful.

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  10. Beautiful! I think the coronavirus is so named because it's got crown-like projections, but it is a nice name for a not-so-nice thing.

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    1. Steve-- I wondered about that. Now I wonder how these corona got their name. Mmmm.... google here I come!

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  11. I love how you come across those, I only see them now and then

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    1. Billy-- I haven't seen a corona since 2016. I've always got my eyes on the sky. Sometimes there's a beautiful surprise!

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  12. Thanks for the beautiful break from the other kind.

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    1. Dave-- Glad I could give you a break from it!

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  13. I too thought the corona was being besmirched. Wiki says it is "a rarefied gaseous envelope of the sun and other stars" which gives it universal status. And this has caused me to stick an entirely irrelevant foot against your door jamb for which I may or may not be forgiven.

    Corona is also a range of fruit squashes and/or carbonated drinks launched on the world in 1880 by two West Wales grocers who "saw a market for soft drinks caused by the growing influence of the temperance movement."

    Those origins are news to me. Look, I'm not in favour of institutional drunkenness, louts knocking each other about on Saturday evenings, families wrecked by breadwinners who are no longer able to win bread. But the fact is drinking alcohol has been established - reluctantly in some sectors - as a matter of personal choice. The experiment that led led to this conclusion was prolonged (13 years for goodness sake) and the evidence against its restriction was unequivocal - it created a huge surge in damaging criminality and, more tellingly, many people simply ignored the sanction. Paraphrasing DT's imperishable words about something else: the cure was worse than the ailment.

    I've nothing against fruit squash, there's a one litre bottle of the stuff ageing rather weirdly in our kichen at this very moment. Have I ever drunk Corona squash? I have no idea. Would I have drunk it had I known how it came into being? Now that's another matter. I realise I'm raking through the long-dead ashes of history. Also that you hardly need my lengthy not-entirely-germane comments since you're doing very well in that line without them.

    Call it cross-fertilisation. Is that gnomic enough?

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    1. Roderick-- I've never heard of the corona fruit squash drink. Makes me wonder if people who drink it hallucinate and see the colors of the original corona!

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  14. I was thinking of a different kind of Corona, too, but your photos are beautiful so I'll not descend to that level any further. :)

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  15. I definitely prefer your coronas, Robin, in place of the one that is being talked about now.

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  16. Lovely photographs. We have a carved kitchen table. It has little sayings around the edge. One of them reminds me of you It says "There is no limit to looking up." Keep your eyes (and camera) on the sky.

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    1. NCmountainwoman-- Thank you so much for thinking of me. Yes, I do run outside all the time to look up at the sky. There may be a beautiful surprise out there!

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