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The Green Flash

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I have watched many sunsets in my time; seen more than I have yet to see that’s for sure. I’ve watched the day slip away over the horizon so many times, always beautiful, always different, always worth the pause to watch.

Each time I’ve looked for something I read about as a child. The Green Flash. It only occurs with an uninterrupted view of the horizon, usually when the sun sets over water. It’s a rare optical feature that can be caused by a number of circumstances. It lasts for just a second. A fleeting moment. All those sunsets and I’d never seen it.

Last month Sharon and I were unsuccessfully looking for Snowy Plovers at Bodega Bay. We failed miserably. I guess we just ran out of day. As we made our way back to the car from the beach we sensed the temperature drop and turned west to see the sun extinguish in the sea. I raised my camera and fired off a few frames to catch the last of the light. There it was. The Green Flash.

Click once and then click again to enlarge.

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2014 03 11 Bodega Bay California_Z5A8679

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