Sunlight Patterns Beneath a Pier

May 15, 2008


Provided and copyright by: Frank Le Blancq, Jersey Meteorological Department
Summary authors & editors: Frank Le Blancq, Jim Foster 

The photo above showing reflections of the solar disk on a gently undulating sea surface is similar to the Earth Science Picture of the Day “moon circles” image of December 31, 2007. It was taken beneath a wooden pier at a boat marina in Playa Blanca, Canary Islands. The boards on the walkway had about half an inch (1.27 cm) gap between them, allowing sunlight to shine through and create these beautiful abstract-like patterns. If you look carefully, you may be able to spot six fish in the upper right quadrant of the photo. Photo taken on November 9, 2007.