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    Caught what I think is a Fata Morgana on Loch Lomond on Saturday. I got 2 different ones in The Minch from the boat to North Uist in 2016...




    It was through getting those and investigating what the phenomenon might be that put me onto it being this thing called a Fata Morgana.

    That was the only time I had ever seen one until I noticed an effect in the background of a shot I took of a pleasure cruiser with a rainbow across it on Lomond...


    I spotted something going on along the shoreline on the left. I blew it up. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the day's activities, I only took my old knockabout camera with me, which is worth next to nothing these days, and its images have little more than half the pixels of my 'Sunday best' camera. But you can see something of what is going on...


    It's the downwind shore, and what looks like a calm area cannot be calm. I suspect it's a Fata Morgana... or if not, some other kind of mirage???

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    Thank you. I’ve learned something new today! Have always admired your photography but this adds yet another dimension (If you’ll excuse the pun!)
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    Very good, It takes a particular set of circumstances to see them.
    Fata Morgana-sup_mirage-jpg
    If you Google superior image you'll see some other examples.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speytime View Post
    If you Google superior image you'll see some other examples.

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    I think you mean superior mirage, Al?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cap'n Fishy View Post
    I think you mean superior mirage, Al?
    Yes that's what I meant ��...

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    When I was on Uist I would see this effect once or twice a year looking across the Minch to Skye. Sometimes all of Skye would appear to float clear of the water or the hills would get cut clean off and lifted. You tend to spot stuff like this easier on Uist because it is so flat. I had no idea it was called a Fata Morgana, I always thought it was just a mirage.

    On some nights the atmospheric conditions in the Minch would somehow allow us to see over the low headland a mile in front of the house. Normally this obscured Waterstein lighthouse on the west coast of Skye but on five or six nights of the year we could clearly see the lighthouse flashing away.


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    I've never seen one other than on TV the one that comes to mind was a ship over the horizon but reflected in a red sky upside down.

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    I've never seen one other than on TV the one that comes to mind was a ship over the horizon but reflected upside down in a red sky.

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    How do mirages on roads work?
    On a hot day it is pretty common to see silver patches on the road in the distance. I get that it is to do with the different density of layers of air at different temperatures (the air very close to the tarmac is hotter than that above it). What surprises me is the way that it appears unaffected by cars or lorries driving through it. I get that there isn't actually a silvery puddle on the road where we see it but I would have thought the turbulence off vehicles would disturb the layers enough to break the effect even if only temporarily?


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    Beautiful views!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobmiddlepoint View Post
    How do mirages on roads work?
    On a hot day it is pretty common to see silver patches on the road in the distance. I get that it is to do with the different density of layers of air at different temperatures (the air very close to the tarmac is hotter than that above it). What surprises me is the way that it appears unaffected by cars or lorries driving through it. I get that there isn't actually a silvery puddle on the road where we see it but I would have thought the turbulence off vehicles would disturb the layers enough to break the effect even if only temporarily?

    Andy


    Couple of links...

    https://www.scienceabc.com/eyeopeners/why-do-we-see-fake-water-mirages-on-roads-on-hot-sunny-days.html

    How are Mirages Formed? Here's What Science Says

    I can't think whether or not we see vehicle turbulence change the effect?

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