Although the sunsets generally got the better of the sunrises during our recent trip to Nags Head, N.C., there was a stunning display of light reflected off of cirrus clouds on the morning of the 25th. The detail of the filamentary structures was such that one seemed almost able to pull them down from the sky as though they were tufts from truffula trees.

Figure 1. Pink sunrise, Nags Head, N.C., 25 November 2021. Photo: author.

Wonderfully, the color evolved from a delicate pink like cotton candy to a robust orange I associate more with sunset.

Figure 2. Orange sunrise, Nags Head, N.C., 25 November 2021. Photo: author.

The forecast had been unpromising, and when I got up an hour before dawn, it looked like there would be little to show for a trip down to the beach. But as the sunrise developed, it became clear that it was going to be spectacular, and that it was too late to suit up and head down to the beach. So I whipped out my iPhone XS and got a number of shots from the balcony of our room.

iPhone XS: 26 mm equivalent wide-angle lens.

Figure 1: 26 mm, f/1.8, ISO 40, 1/121 s.
Figure 2: 26 mm, f/1.8, ISO 25, 1/429 s.

Published by gsb03632

A college professor living in Scranton, PA

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