Meteor Dawn | February 7, 2013, 6:53 am

Dawn skies are infinitely varied and variable. The most spectacular draw me into whimsical flights of fancy, for which I beg the reader’s indulgence. Here I imagined these streaks in the sky were meteor smoke trails like those widely seen over Russia last week, and posted extensively online.

They were no such thing, of course, just the familiar vapor trails of high-flying aircraft. If you look closely, you’ll see the remains of three such, suggesting they may have been left by military planes from Hanscom Air Force Base, located a few miles northwest of the pond.

A great sense of depth is conveyed by the photo. The bright gold vapor trails and overlapping wispy clouds pop forward out of the gloom. The soft gold sky behind them recedes slowly to muted navy, giving the effect of a vast, convex surface, the inside of a cosmic sphere. To experience this three-dimensional effect more vividly, view the photo full-screen and in low light.

The photo was taken from my window on February 7, 2013 at 6:53 am.

Click the image to view it full screen, and click the back arrow to return. Cursor over the image to see its description. Enjoy!
Related: Vapor Trails at Dawn*.


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