'Forest Illumination' photo by T. Credner & S. Kohle
Forest Illumination is my name for this incredible photo of a being of light illuminating the forest. A bright aura and halo surround the head with light radiating from the crown. A masterful being indeed. Is this a fairy, elf, angel or other being of light? Or perhaps it's Creator's way of displaying the light of one's own energy field? What ever it is... it is amazing and magical!
Enjoy the Glory and Wonder of the Holidays all year!
'Glory and Specter of the Brocken' is the name Credner and Kohle called this photo. They say about it:
"The above image was taken in a foggy forest on Tenerife island, May 2000. With the sun in the back the own shadow could be seen in the fog, the so called Specter of the Brocken. The surrounding bright ring is a Glory, an effect of back scattered light from small water droplets. You can see more of their wonderful photos at allthesky.com.
Atmospheric Optics gives this scientific explanation: "The Brocken Spectre appears when a low sun is behind a climber who is looking downwards into mist from a ridge or peak. The "spectre" is the shadowy figure - the glow and rings are a glory centered directly opposite the sun at the antisolar point. The "Spectre of the Brocken" is named because of sightings on the Brocken, the highest peak of Germany's Harz Mountains. The spectre sometimes appears to be huge. This is probably caused by the presence of the glory and the mist obscuring more familiar reference points with which to judge its size. Forest glory can appear provided there is a mist of fairly uniform sized droplets, glories can be found in many places.