Vol XVIII – #35 – A Fata Morgana

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When the atmospheric conditions are just right, you can look out to the West and witness a “Fata Morgana” mirage where the ends of the Manitous appear oddly shaped. This happens in calm weather when a warmer layer of air rests on top a colder layer, causing light to refract and show the same image inverted and erect at the same time. On the way back from dinner at the Riverside Inn (opening night tonight!) We drove down to Fishtown where my Mom noticed the mirage happening. After dropping everone off, I drove back and hiked out on the short breakwall for today’s photos at sunset. 

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The winners of the 2017-18 Leif Sporck Snow Gauge Contest are:

  • First Place: Bruce Dunn with a guess of 225″ (Wins a Sporck TileArt Tile of a LR photo)
  • Second Place: Marcee Johnson with a guess of 222″ (Wins a LR print of her choice)
  • Third Place: Karen Fredrickson with a guess of 215″ (Wins a LR photo mug)

Congratulations to all the winners this year!

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Judy in Grand Blanc
Judy in Grand Blanc
6 years ago

Very Cool Jim! Thanks for sharing!

Bill hahn
Bill hahn
6 years ago

Marvelous subtlety. Quiet beauty. Thanks guys for being on your toes. All blessings to all. Bill Hahn, down south in Ypsilanti. where beauty is explosive with the warm, wet weather.

John Frank
John Frank
6 years ago

Very interesting! Your photos and description drove me to Wikipedia for more information. Among other info: one has to be in the right place at the right time because the “Fairy Morgan” mirage may disappear in seconds. Mother used to say “It’s a poor day when you don’t learn something.” Thanks.

Dick, in Rankin
Dick, in Rankin
6 years ago
Reply to  John Frank

What John said +.

Keith is looking well!