Friday, November 14, 2008

Smoggy Sunset: for Skywatch Friday

Usually this blog focus on a New Brunswick theme but I went a bit out of province for this Skywatch posting. While in the Montreal area last week there was a smog warning on Nov. 6th caused by the unseasonably mild conditions and at the end of the day I was able to capture this spectacular sunset.

My appreciative thanks to Sandy, Klaus, Ivar, Wren and Fishing Guy for hosting Sky Watch Friday .

27 comments:

Dirk said...

Indeed spectacular sunset, great colour!

Kay said...

It's incredible that smog can create a sunset this beautiful.

Aileni said...

Brilliant in more ways than one.

bobbie said...

May be smoggy, but it is certainly beautiful. Even the row of electric wires adds to the beauty.

gina said...

beautiful sunset! wonderful colors.

Rambling Round said...

I can't detect the smog for all the wonderful hues of orange. Beautiful.

Mary said...

Wow...the color is spectacular!

Ann said...

what a great collection of pictures you have here ! The 'rows of birds' are so cute and I know it is so difficult to catch them on camera, they are soooo quick!

Deborah Godin said...

Those are great sunset shots. And Montreal? If you'd said Swift Current I would have believed that, too; almost looks prairie to me.

madcobug said...

Those are beautiful photos. Smog or not. Helen

AphotoAday said...

Really love that first one...

Mojo said...

Beautiful and deadly. Astonishing how often those two words are used together isn't it?

It's actually not the smog per se that creates this color, it's just that "something" in the air is reflecting all of the shorter wavelength light back toward the source. And the greater the distance the light has to travel, the more blues, greens, violets, etc are detoured between the light source and the receptor. So at sunset or sunrise, when the light has to travel the furthest, less of the blue/violet end of the spectrum actually makes it to us even in clear conditions, meaning the longer (red/orange) wavelengths are more prominent in the light we see.

Add in particulates like smog (or even water vapor) and even more of the shorter wavelengths are reflected, making the light even redder.

So yeah. A smoggy sunset is redder than usual. Which is a pity, because it truly is beautiful.

scienceguy288 said...

Brilliant colors.

me ann my camera said...

mojo:
Thanks so much for the fascinating and informative information! It is much appreciated.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Amazing how such beauty can come as a result of smog.Wow!

Daryl said...

HOT stuff .. really fabulous!

Margaret Cloud said...

That sky is so pretty, there is nothing like a beautiful sunset to make you feel better.

Wren said...

Lovely skies, too bad there's not a happier explanation than smog.

Carletta said...

You captured lovely skies! Smog or not. :)

Becky and Gary said...

Oh, I like the color here, and the shapes are so cool!

April said...

Fantastic sunset and beautiful silhouettes!

Lindaen said...

Wow! Love your photos!!!
Have a great weekend.

dlyn said...

Very lovely, smog or not. Happy SWF! Come visit mine if you have the chance: dlyn

Grammy said...

Your photos are wonderful!
Have a wonderful weekend!.

Misty Dawn said...

Oh my gosh - what an amazing sky!

ChrissyM said...

Stunning photos!!!

Greyscale Territory said...

The swirling sunset light is amazing in these shots! Stunning!