Sunday, October 08, 2006
It's a bit small but I think you should be able to see what I'm describing. The 3-4 rings of colour is called a glory which occurs directly opposite the sun at the antisolar point on a high ridge.
The figure inside the glory is the shadow of the photographer looking down and projected forward through the mist. All shadows converge towards the antisolar point where the glory shines.
The Brocken Spectre is named for the number of sightings on the Brocken, the highest peak of Germany's Harz Mountains.
The photograph above was taken in September 2004 by Jim Salge of the Mount Washington Observatory.