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I am the image of God: How the Spectre of the Brocken found me in the Adirondacks | by Mountain Visions
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I am the image of God: How the Spectre of the Brocken found me in the Adirondacks

The Spectre of the Brocken, as it is known, isn’t particularly rare. If you spend enough time in the mountains, you will encounter it. It requires four things to come into alignment: 1) the sun needs to be close to the horizon (at least in the Northeastern US, maybe a higher altitude is ok in places with higher mountains); 2) the clouds need to be about the same height at the mountains; 3) the sun and the clouds need to have an azimuth of 180 degrees; 4) you need to be there to create your haloed image of God in his earthly form!

  

As the sun moved in and out of cloud cover, and the Spectre appeared and disappeared, I worked a few different scenes from ground level to panoramas, but I was always looking for the next appearance of the Spectre of the Brocken.

 

Image Data:

 

Pentax K-5, FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited.

  

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Mountain Visions: I am the image of God: How the Spectre of the Brocken found me in the Adirondacks

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Taken on May 1, 2012