In gallery: Photos of the month (2006)
Related photos: Atmospheric optics
Distortion of sun & moon
The sun sets over Lake Markermeer (Netherlands), reflecting in the ice on the frozen lake. Small density gradients in the atmosphere that act as miraging cause the sun to show ripples.
Photographed on January 29 near Wijdenes (Netherlands), using a Nikon FE and 1000mm f/10 Maksutov lens, mounted on a tripod. The film was Fujichrome Sensia 100.