Aliens have landed!

caflowerluverNovember 30, 2005

Now that I have your attention. Actually it's this morning's sunrise. After days of gloom and rain, it was nice to see the sun. I love the way the rays shoot through the trees.

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GAAlan(z7b(on map) 8(imby) Atlanta)

WOW!! Outstanding! That is a great title for it, as the rays do look like lights from the mother ship!

    Bookmark   November 30, 2005 at 7:34PM
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Joyce(Zone 7b LI, NY)

No words will do...
Except AWESOME!

    Bookmark   November 30, 2005 at 9:06PM
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kal2769(Zone 8)

Praise God for his creativity. The Master painter has done it again. Great picture.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2005 at 12:21AM
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jeff_al

that's beautiful!

    Bookmark   December 2, 2005 at 4:26PM
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caflowerluver

Thanks everyone for your compliments.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2005 at 7:27PM
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bultman(8 NL Europe)

That's a one-in-a-million shot - wow!

Bernadette

    Bookmark   December 3, 2005 at 3:49AM
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jaceysgranny(7aAR)

Awesome halo! It's a glorious shot!

Nancy

    Bookmark   December 3, 2005 at 7:28PM
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rosemariero(Z9 SW SunDiegoCA)

Wonderful, gorgeous shot!

~Rosemarie

    Bookmark   December 5, 2005 at 11:26AM
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Nushka_IA(4b IA)

That is astonishing!

    Bookmark   December 5, 2005 at 5:09PM
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clairabelle(z4 Quebec)

Too cool for words! Thank u for making my day! (sigh 'n smile)

    Bookmark   December 5, 2005 at 9:47PM
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caflowerluver

You all have been so kind. I am glad I could share this shot and that so many have enjoyed it. I have lived here for almost 20 years and this is the first time I saw the sun like this. Thanks again.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2005 at 12:30AM
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Missy_GardenWhimsy(So.Calif.)

A truly awesome picture! How very beautiful...just stunning! Thank you for sharing this with us. Missy

    Bookmark   December 6, 2005 at 8:18PM
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mistercross(z6b Ozarks)

I've wondered for years what causes this effect. The sun is over 90 million miles away, so all rays should appear completely parallel, but I've never seen parallel rays in real life or in photos. From the angle of the rays in your photo the sun appears to be 30 feet behind the trees.

I could guess that reflection from clouds or objects caused the sun ray effect, but once I saw such an effect coming down through trees, and there were no clouds or objects, although there was a light morning fog.

This is not the type of optical illusion, like a rainbow. If you move, an apparent rainbow moves with you. You can experiment with spray, as from a garden hose, to look at rainbows. Natural rainbows are actually complete circles, but half is obscured by the ground. You can also see white circles around streetlights through foggy windshields.

But the sunray effect is not an illusion. It does not move with you. As you move it continues from the same point, and strikes the same point on the ground.

Maybe it really is the sun lensing through an invisible alien ship.

The angle of the rays is absolutely impossible after all.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2005 at 3:30PM
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caflowerluver

mistercross - What an interesting observation. I learned something new. Thanks.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2005 at 4:16PM
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springa7(z5 MA)

"I've wondered for years what causes this effect. The sun is over 90 million miles away, so all rays should appear completely parallel, but I've never seen parallel rays in real life or in photos. From the angle of the rays in your photo the sun appears to be 30 feet behind the trees."

I think that the rays are parallel, but they don't look parallel to the eye (or the camera) because some parts of the rays are much closer to the viewer than others, and look wider. It's the same reason that a road of uniform width seems to get narrower and narrower and its sides converge as one looks further and further away, even though the sides are actually parallel.

Keep in mind that although some of the rays appear to be going almost straight up from the tree, they are actually pointing at an angle toward the viewer. The closer they get, the wider they appear.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2005 at 6:08PM
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Garden_Momma

Awesome, and very beautiful, Aptos!

    Bookmark   December 12, 2005 at 11:27PM
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Bren2(z9)

Absolutely stunning!

    Bookmark   December 17, 2005 at 7:39PM
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SFBayArea_CA(Z9 CA)

the effect might have been magnified by the wide angle lens used.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2005 at 2:54AM
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mistercross(z6b Ozarks)

Springa7's explanation seems to be the standard theory. Bad Astronomy explains it that way. And here are some pictures with the explanation.

I don't know. It still might be aliens.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2005 at 4:50AM
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caflowerluver

Thanks again everyone! No wide angle lens used, just the one that comes with the Nikon Coolpix 8800. And it was in standard automatic mode.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2005 at 2:59PM
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mira_dunham(z7 MD)

you may have inspired me to get up before nine :)

    Bookmark   January 15, 2006 at 11:55PM
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