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Coronal Reflections

Coronal Reflections

A color corona around the sun, and amidst a zig-zagging deck of altocumulus translucidus clouds, was lost in the glare when seen through dark glasses or the camera lens, but made its presence known through reflections off the water's surface. This sort of corona is a visual effect of the earth's atmosphere (specifically diffraction), and shouldn't be confused with that like-named part of the solar atmosphere visible during a total eclipse. These develop in the same way as a lunar corona. I couldn't complain about the setting either -- calm, mangrove-studded tidal flats in the lower Florida Keys, with temperatures in the 70s. There are worse places to hang out in December.

No Name Key FL (5 Dec 8), looking S.