Sky Shadow

September 13, 2009


Photographer: Kathy Hall; web site:
Summary Author: Kathy Hall; Jim Foster

The photo above shows a lone crepuscular ray captured near Hamilton, Georgia on August 15, 2009. Storms were in the area as the Sun was setting, and the sky colors were quite riveting. As I was getting ready to snap a picture of the intriguing sunset, I couldn't help but notice this singular shadow. Cloud tops, especially cumulonimbus turrets, often throw shadows from the setting or rising Sun. Crepuscular rays are also referred to as sunbeams or Ropes of Maui. From our perspective, on the ground, they're seen to diverge from the Sun.