October and November have so far favored us with no fewer than five splendid dawn displays, all dramatically different, each uniquely beautiful. I’ve posted links to the other four below.

This photo was taken on November 15, 2012, at 7:07 am. Astronomical sunrise occurred at 6:37 that day, with the sun topping the lower portion of the eastern ridge some ten minutes later.

The colorful effects were produced by low, local clouds lit from above well after the sun had risen. More often, we see high, distant clouds lit from below by a sun still hidden from view. The latter produce the exquisite, ethereal displays we so admire.

Note the precise bands of shadow on the water cast by the clouds.

See related posts: Orange Dawn*, Foggy Dawn II*, Tubular Dawn*, Blue Dawn*. Click image to enlarge it, and browser’s back arrow to close. Comments are welcome.


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