Thursday, March 02, 2006
The Things You See When You Don't Have A Camera II
As last time, the boys (eldest one and smallest one) and I were swimming, a thin but attractive group of Mares Tails came across the sky. The sun was low on the horizon, behind trees from where we were. Idly floating I noticed a faint patch of colour. A Sundog! My first one ever! I pointed it out to eldestone, who could see it better than I with his younger eyesight. I watched for a while as it faded. Coming back to the house I glaced back up at the sky. Another Sundog (update, it was actually a Tangent Arc, being directly above the Sun)! Intensely bright! I called the family to have a look, the Bettdeckererschnappender weisle was not impressed (she called it a "hole in the cloud"). I put the kids in the shower, rushed out to snap the above shot of the faded remanant, and went back to just fail to stop smallest one dismantling the bathroom.
I think the main problem with my beloved is that she saw the tangent arc as a hole in the cloud that the sun was shining through (and therefore not interesting). I couldn't get across what it really was. Still, the boys and I enjoyed it. I wonder what sky treat will be in store for us next.