Lost City of the Olympics (Fata Morgana mirage)

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Comments (5)

seabow on March 20, 2010

No, not Vancouver! These fanciful "buildings" are weirdly distorted mirages of the Olympic Mountains in Washington State in this telephoto image. Late afternoon mirages can often be seen across Georgia Strait.

Maja Weidemueller on March 20, 2010

Unbelievable, Carl, I don't know if I find it beautiful or frightening! I didn't know this existed in your part of the world.

Weekend hugs, Maja

seabow on March 20, 2010

It's only frightening if you let your imagination run wild, Maja! But that's kind of fun, isn't it?:)

Return hugs, ~Carl

Nawitka on March 25, 2010

That is really wild, Carl! Super image too, you can actually see the yellow air pollution from Vancouver as it has drifted down south. Is that Galiano Island in the middle distance? And now I understand something else. I bet you can see Bowen island from your spot in Gibsons!

seabow on March 25, 2010

Thanks Nawitka - It's quite an amazing phenomenon, isn't it? As for Bowen Island, while it can be glimpsed behind Keats Island from the Gibsons area, seabow is just my initials, CBO :)

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on March 20, 2010
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    by seabow
    • Taken on 2010/03/19 17:34:43
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/1250)
    • Focal Length: 300.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash