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Rare Circumzenithal Arc

Rare Circumzenithal Arc
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Copyright: Jan Smith (lovenature) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 987 W: 52 N: 1787] (6391)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-01-31
Exposure: f/2.4
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-02-01 15:47
Viewed: 1975
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Circumzenithal Arc is a rare optical halo phenomena which appears as an upside down rainbow.

They occasionally can be spotted if you see a sundog, but look directly above where you are standing.

The arc appears as sunlight is refracted by ice crystals of thin layers of high clouds such as cirrus, cirrostratus and cirrocumulus. Or the ground level ice crystals called diamond dust.

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Wow. Thanks for this rare image. I have seen rainbows above Mt. Adams on clear days, but never upside down.
Great to be alert...

Hello Janice,
Thanks for visiting my gallery.
Great image. Excellent details and focus.Indeed a rare moment......
Beautiful capture in splendid colors.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2016-02-02 0:55]

A beautiful record o a rare optical phenomenon. I like those and similar ones very much. Most people simply pay no attention...

Thank you, Janice,


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-02-02 6:30]

Hello Janice,
Beautiful photo of this exciting moment.

Hello Janice,
Beautiful natural phenomenon. Very well captured.
Thanks for showing such rare Photograph,

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2016-02-02 8:42]

It is the first time i see something like this.
Interesting phenomena.
Great work.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-02-02 9:04]

Hi Janice,you were lucky to watch a phenomenon like that,i never seen before and it's a very interesting post.The quality too is absolutely high,not easy to take so well this curious rainbow.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Very interesting this phenomenom, nevr heard of this before, managed to capture it too which is not always easy with rainbow-like subjects!

Hello Janice

Excellent timing to witness this natural phenomenon
and to take it in photo, beautiful atmosphere effect, TFS


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