I have occasionally wondered why children seem to instinctively draw the sun as a yellow circle with straight lines radiating from it, but looking at the glorious sunrise in the photo above, it certainly makes some sense.
Yes, I know: I overuse the words glory and glorious, but surely it’s justified here?
That can no doubt be seen as a purely subjective opinion but, when referring to the next picture, which I personally consider rather less impressive, I gather glory would be the technically correct term:
Even after my inadequate attempts to improve it in Photoshop, the photo is somewhat underwhelming, but I’ve been looking around on line and reading up on rainbows – including this very edifying page from Western Washington University – and it seems that the little circular rainbow I photographed from a plane window was not an illusion produced by tempered glass, but is actually an optical phenomenon known as a glory.
Most of the articles I’ve read suggested that I should have been able to see the plane’s shadow in the centre of the ring, but I think I need the TV show techie guys to manage that sort of enhancement.
So, I think I’ll end with another couple of sunrise photos taken a day or two later than the first, plus a final quote from Humpty Dumpty: “There’s glory for you!”