Cap Coz Mirage

March 31, 2005


Provided and copyright by: Laurent Laveder, Optics of the Atmosphere Gallery
Summary authors & editors: Jim Foster; Laurent Laveder

The above mirage sequence was taken on January 29, 2005 from Cap Coz, Bretagne, France. To capture this phenomenon, a series of pictures was made at slightly different elevations Notice that the remote "Pointe de Trévignon" (about 15 km or 9 miles away) seems to float above the sea. The refracted image is above its true position, so this is a superior mirage. For such a mirage to be observed, warm air must overly a shallow layer of colder air (an inversion).

Photo details: Olympus Camedia 5060, 80 ASA, 187 mm focal lens, 1/500 sec. exposure.

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