Canigou Mountain from Marseille, France
February 07, 2008
The photo above showing a beautiful crimson and gold sunset was taken from Marseille, France on January 12, 2007. In the background (at right center), notice the Canigou Mountain -- at the eastern end of the Pyrenees Range, along the border of France and Spain. This mountain is approximately 165 miles (253 km) away! What is shown here is simply the image of the mountain and not the actual mountain itself. Note that most of the distance between Marseille and the Pyrenees Range is over the Mediterranean Sea.
Without considering the effect of atmospheric refraction, these mountains are far too distant to be observed from Marseille. However, on occasion, atmospheric conditions permits objects typically too far away to be easily observed to come into clear view. On this evening, summits in the Pyrenees Mountains higher than about 7,546 ft (2,300 m) can be detected.
Photo details: Canon 300D camera, 300 mm telephoto lens, f/4.5.