Double Cloud Shadow off the Coast of Croatia

December 06, 2022


Photographer: Maja Kraljik  
Summary Author: Maja Kraljik; Jim Foster

As I photographed a cumulus congestus cloud over the northwestern Adriatic Sea, off the coast of Croatia, I noticed that it was backlit by the near mid-day Sun. As this cloud grew and developed, an eye-catching double shadow began to appear immediately above it. Projected shadows may be observed when the cloud’s shadow is cast upon a thin layer of dust, haze or other aerosols. In this case the source of dust was likely the Sahara Desert. Such shadows are typically seen when looking within about 10 degrees of the solar disk. Note also the crepuscular rays -- above the cloud top. Photo taken on October 3, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. local time.

Photo details: ISO 80; f8; 1/250 second exposure.

Northwest Adriatic Sea, Croatia Coordinates: 45.442096, 13.508952

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