I looked out the window and the light was golden against the trees. It’s not the color you usually see in the middle of winter. I associate that color with autumn and sometimes summer. Maybe it was because of all the rain and what seems to be our nightly inch or two of snow, but the rain in the upper atmosphere turned to gold. I’ve seen that once before.

I didn’t think I’d be be able to catch that light, but I wanted to try. I did get some of the light. A wee bit. It was a short twilight and after just half a dozen shots, suddenly it was full dark.

The golden trees are usually green. The gold reflects the sky

I should mention that the same color of gold covered the sky in Boston on the same day and the day after, too. It has to do, according to the meteorologist, with high level snow which never hits the ground. It makes a giant reflecting mirror in the sky. The lowering sun turns it and everything around it — clouds, buildings, trees — to gold. I have seen it twice before. Once, late in February on the road home from Connecticut. We had to stop and take pictures which we couldn’t do until we left the highway (nowhere to pull off and the cops get very funky about drivers stopping to take pictures) and then again on the river in November one late afternoon. In that case, though, it was a reflection of the bronze-colored oak leaves still clinging to the trees. It made the ducks look as if they were swimming on a pond of gold. This is why I try to have a camera with me most of the time. Lately I have not been carrying one because we are only going to the hospital and I don’t expect to see much on the way.

Today we had snow, rain, snow, rain and who knows what it’s doing right now? We are on some kind of weather alert for the next couple of day, but I don’t know what weather we are being alerted about. Rain? Snow? Ice? Everything?

Categories: #BlackstoneRiver, #gallery, #Photography, Sunset, Trees, Winter

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15 replies

  1. Beautiful colours, and interesting explanation too 🙂


    • It is interesting. Apparently there is an actual explanation and I was glad to finally have someone explain it. It doesn’t happen often, but it’s always in the winter when it’s colder in the upper atmosphere than on the ground. The color is amazing. When you can actually get some pictures, they are magic.

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  2. unusual January pics, and lovely


    • Unusual, but IF you get that color, it will always be in the winter when the air in the upper atmosphere is much lower than the ground temperature. It was nice to FINALLY have someone explain it. I’d seen it several times, but never knew what was causing it.

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  3. Lovely captures, Marilyn… especially that golden lake!


  4. What an awesome phenomenon. You’ve captured it so beautifully

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  5. That duck pic is incredible! Swimming on a lake of gold! 💛

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    • It only lasts a few minutes. A friend in England captured a similar scene on a local pond. I assume it’s the same explanation: a much colder upper atmosphere with a warm ground temperature. You need a couple of conditions to occur at the same time. Snow up top that never falls because it’s too warm below — AND sunshine in winter. And they need to all happen together. Three times in 10 years that I’ve seen it here, though I know others have caught it in England and Scandinavia. I wonder what it would look like from an airplane?

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