Earth Day Rays
May 16, 2004
The above photo showing crepuscular rays at sunset was taken from Memphis, Tennesee on Earth Day, April 22, 2004. These rays of sunlight are streaming through gaps in the cloud deck just above the horizon. While they appear to fan out from our perspective, as do railroad tracks, which converge in the distance and seem wider before us, they're actually parallel columns of light. These sunlit beams are separated by darker rays, which represent cloud-shadowed regions.