Crepuscular Rays Off La Palma, Canary Islands

July 08, 2020


Photographer: Sonia Lucía Suárez Domínguez
Summary Authors: Sonia Lucía Suárez Domínguez; Jim Foster

During the morning hours on April 21, 2020, the Sun’s rays slipped through this overcast forming a curious scene on the sea’s surface off La Palma (Canary Islands), Spain. Though we’re used to seeing these crepuscular rays converge toward the Sun as it lies near or slightly below the horizon, they can also appear when the Sun is higher in the sky. Aerosols, in this case, sea spray, allow the projected rays to be more easily seen, creating this “beam me up” seascape.

Photo Details: Camera NIKON D3100; Software Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6.0 (Windows); Exposure Time 0.0016s (1/640); Aperture ƒ/22.0; ISO equivalent 400; Focal Length (35mm) 93.