Layers of Light
March 27, 2007
This stunning scene showing multiple layers of light near the horizon was photographed on November 24, 2006, from Rye Patch, Nevada. It was 6:41 a.m. (local time), and as I stepped out my back door I was greeted with this beautiful view to the west. A row of stark elm trees is in the foreground, the Humboldt River in the mid-ground, marked by a veil of fog, and, in the background, the darkened silhouette of the Trinity Mountains. Just above the horizon is the shadowy, bluish blush of the Earth’s shadow, topped by the cotton candy pink of the Belt of Venus. Above these variegated layers lies a faintly colored, cloudless sky.
If you look closely, you might be able to make out a freight train just below the fog. On many mornings it's the passing trains that capture ones attention, but as this day dawned, a train was no match for the rapture resulting from color and light in nature.