Ovrios Island Inferior Mirage

December 09, 2010

SarconicMirage 
Photographer: Konstantinos Christodoulopoulos; Konstantinos' Website
Summary Author: Konstantinos Christodoulopoulos; Jim Foster

The above photo showing Ovrios Island standing tall in the Saronic Gulf of Greece was captured just as the Sun was setting on a mid-autumn day. Inferior mirages, or mirror images, are not uncommon when sea water is relatively warm compared to the ambient air temperature and when warm air at the surface lies just beneath cooler air. With this type of mirage, the image of a distant object is always displaced downward. Note that the edges of the island appears to be floating since the true horizon is invisible -- it's been swapped by the mirage of the sky. Note also the very rough appearing sea along what seems to be the horizon. This is essentially the bottom edge of the mirage. Photo taken on October 23, 2010.