Fog Bow

A fog bow in The Bear Islands of Greenland

I am always looking for elements that are either actors or stages and one condition that can be both a stage and an actor is a fog bow or ghost rainbow. Fog bows are formed when sunlight meets moisture, refracting light from the tiny water droplets suspended in the air. While rainbows mostly appear after rain fall, as sunlight refracts through larger water droplets, fog bows show up when the sun shines on fog, consisting of much smaller water droplets.

We were in the Bear Islands in Greenland and the fog was so thick that you couldn’t see your hand in front of your face. To most people this is horrible for photos but when you get a little fog the ice becomes magical. All of sudden the sun begins to break through and we had a magnificent fog bow.


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