Island in the Desert
January 27, 2009
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