Island in the Desert

January 27, 2009

012709

Referred by: Aymen Ibrahem
Summary Author: Aymen Ibrahem, Jim Foster

The photo above shows a mirage in the Wadi Rayan Natural Protectorate in Faiyum, Egypt. I was on a trip to observe the birds of the Faiyum area and happened to notice this "island in the desert." It's a mirage of a distant hill. This is an inferior mirage, where distant objects are refracted or bent upwards by the high heat of the desert surface. Photo taken on July 24, 2008.

Photo details: SONY DSC-H5; Exposure time: 0.0005; F number: 8; ISO speed rating: 125; Lens focal length: 72