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Earth Shadow Photographs

California, La Jolla, Morro Bay

Photographs of Earth Shadow

Earth Shadow is an atmospheric phenomenon most easily seen on a cloudless morning with a relatively clear horizon. But you have to get up early to see it, since it occurs before sunrise! Have you ever seen those layers of blue, purple and pink along the horizon just before sunrise or just after sunset? The darker sky, lowest on the horizon, is actually the shadow of the Earth cast upon the atmosphere, while the lighter sky above is the atmosphere as it is lit by the sun. As dawn nears, the shadowed portion of the sky is squeezed down on the horizon and disappears. The pink in the upper “layer” is the result of the sun passing at a highly oblique angle through the dust-filled atmosphere to the east (or west at sunset), colored by the particulate suspended in the air. I made a couple of photographs illustrating earth shadow recently while doing some early morning photography in La Jolla along with an older one from some years ago in Morro Bay:

La Jolla Cove and earth shadow at dawn.  Just before sunrise the shadow of the Earth can seen as the darker sky below the pink sunrise

La Jolla Cove and earth shadow at dawn. Just before sunrise the shadow of the Earth can seen as the darker sky below the pink sunrise
Image ID: 26523
Location: La Jolla, California, USA

Earth Shadow lies over Point La Jolla at dawn

Earth Shadow lies over Point La Jolla at dawn.
Image ID: 26444
Location: La Jolla, California, USA

Earth shadow over Morro Rock and Morro Bay.  Just before sunrise the shadow of the Earth can seen as the darker sky below the pink sunrise

Earth shadow over Morro Rock and Morro Bay. Just before sunrise the shadow of the Earth can seen as the darker sky below the pink sunrise.
Image ID: 22213
Location: Morro Bay, California, USA

By the way, earth shadow occurs after sunset as well. But I’m usually slaving away at the grill or watching my daughters’ volleyball practices so I rarely photograph end-of-day earth shadow…

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Morro Bay Panorama

California, Morro Bay, Panoramas

I got up early one morning while we were in Morro Bay to photograph the view from Morro Bay State Park, around the bay and north to Morro Rock. There was a slight offshore breeze and the air was cold and dry giving clear views in every direction. My father-in-law’s fishing boat is tied up to the Coast Guard dock near the power plant — it is the biggest boat in the harbor and you can see it if you squint really hard.

Morro Bay panorama, showing Morro Bay State Park (left), Morr Bay and barrier dunes, Pacific Ocean, and Morro Rock (right).  A composite of eight separate photographs

Morro Bay panorama, showing Morro Bay State Park (left), Morr Bay and barrier dunes, Pacific Ocean, and Morro Rock (right). A composite of eight separate photographs.
Image ID: 22247
Location: Morro Bay, California, USA

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Earth Shadow

California, Morro Bay

Have you ever seen those layers of blue, purple and pink along the horizon just before sunrise? The darker sky, lowest on the horizon, is actually the shadow of the Earth cast upon the atmosphere, while the lighter sky above is the atmosphere as it is lit by the sun. As dawn nears, the shadowed portion of the sky is squeezed down on the horizon and disappears. The pink in the upper “layer” is the result of the sun passing at a highly oblique angle through the dust-filled atmosphere to the east, colored by the particulate suspended in the air.

Earth shadow over Morro Rock and Morro Bay.  Just before sunrise the shadow of the Earth can seen as the darker sky below the pink sunrise

Earth shadow over Morro Rock and Morro Bay. Just before sunrise the shadow of the Earth can seen as the darker sky below the pink sunrise.
Image ID: 22213
Location: Morro Bay, California, USA

Photo of Sea Otter Mother and Pup

California, Morro Bay, Photo of the Day

On my way back down the coast from Big Sur I made a stop in Morro Bay for a bite, and to take a quick look in the harbor for interesting fishing boats, birds or otters. I didn’t see any good birds, and the light was overcast which made for poor photography of boats, but I went to my secret otter spot and lo-and-behold I found a raft of eight sea otters (Enhydra lutris), including three pups. This pup was constantly on the move, diving and swimming circles around its mother and making lots of loud chirping noises. In fact I heard him from far off before I even saw the otters. I hung out for about an hour trying to get some photos of the otters, but they were mostly resting, tied up in kelp to keep from drifting with the incoming tide.

A female sea otter floats on its back on the ocean surface while her pup pops its head above the water for a look around.  Both otters will wrap itself in kelp (seaweed) to keep from drifting as it rests and floats, Enhydra lutris, Morro Bay, California

A female sea otter floats on its back on the ocean surface while her pup pops its head above the water for a look around. Both otters will wrap itself in kelp (seaweed) to keep from drifting as it rests and floats.
Image ID: 20434
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Morro Bay, California, USA

Photo of Morro Rock, Morro Bay

California, Morro Bay, Photo of the Day

Morro Rock, also known as the Gibralter of the Pacific, is an extinct volcanic peak rising 576′ above the ocean on the north side of Morro Bay, California. It was first charted by Juan Cabrillo in 1542. It is now a protected home for the endangered peregrine falcon.

Morro Rock and Morro Bay

Morro Rock and Morro Bay.
Image ID: 06443
Location: Morro Bay, California, USA

Morro Rock and Morro Bay, pink sky at dawn, sunrise

Morro Rock and Morro Bay, pink sky at dawn, sunrise.
Image ID: 06445
Location: Morro Bay, California, USA

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