Light Pillars, Jackson WY

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    Light pillars on a cold night in January in Jackson, WY.

    From Wikipedia:
    "Columns of light apparently beaming directly upwards from unshielded lights are sometimes visible during very cold weather. Plate shaped ice crystals, normally only present in high clouds, float in the air close to the ground and their horizontal facets reflect light back downwards.

    The pillars are not physically over the lights or anywhere else in space for that matter ~ like all halos they are purely the collected light beams from all the millions of crystals which just happen to be reflecting light towards your eyes or camera.

    Artificial light pillars can be much taller than their natural counterparts because rays from the lights are not parallel and plate crystals with small tilts can still reflect them downwards. The crystals producing the pillars are roughly halfway between you and the lights.

    When ice crystals float in the air around you, pillars (and other halos) can even be seen around streetlights a few metres away."

    Ekaii, blauepics, SaUd HeLaL, khaiq4, and 34 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Austin R Jones 40 months ago | reply

      this is epic. I congratulate you

    2. blauepics 40 months ago | reply

      Outstanding! Thanks for sharing! Instant fave!

    3. Bassnote Photography 40 months ago | reply

      I was trying to describe this phenomenon to my online community. I didn't have my equipment nor the time to take the shot if I had it with me. I'm linking back to your photo from my private blog so that they can see it. Wonderful shot.

    4. Phatburger 39 months ago | reply

      Superb! All that this scene needed is a symphony being heard in the distance--or something like that.

    5. ac.Zadam 39 months ago | reply

      What a peaceful scene. Its beautiful... congrats.

    6. Today is a good day 37 months ago | reply

      Wow - what an awesome sight

      Thanks for the explanation too

    7. Cristian Ghe. 35 months ago | reply

      Stunning photo

    8. Barefootinthegrass [deleted] 31 months ago | reply

      This is fantastic. :)

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    11. tara.macisaac 2 months ago | reply

      May I please use this photo in a light pillars photo gallery for Epoch Times? Cheers, Tara MacIsaac

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