Psychedelic Morning Skies of Autumn
The days are rapidly getting shorter: everyday I notice the daylight lost. Now, the sun doesn’t rise above the mountains on mainland until almost 10 AM. It becomes pitch dark shortly after 4 PM.
The darkness and rain wear on you. But one bright spot is the morning sky. A beautiful sunrise (or sunset) is caused by the fact that sunlight needs to travel through a lot of air to reach the eye. When the atmosphere is clear, it doesn’t have that big of an effect; what makes the sky beautiful is the amount of particles in the air.
When I lived in Southern California near Los Angeles, the sky was always deep, deep red during sunrise and sunset. That’s pollution. Here, the particles are water vapor from the autumn rain. That, in combination with the ever-present low-laying clouds that catch the light, produce spectacular skies. I took these pictures over the last couple of weeks right after dropping the kids off at school at 8:30 AM.