The surfer in the foreground is either unaware of the interesting mirage in the distance or doesn’t realize it’s a mirage and is waiting for this “huge” ship’s wake-wave. This photo was taken in the Pacific Ocean near San Francisco on January 13, 2013 – a very cold winter’s day for coastal California. Cold, calm and clear weather conditions along a shore are great for detecting inferior mirages.
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You may be the best photographer in the world, but sometimes all it takes to take the best shot is being in the right place at the right moment. It doesn’t even matter if you take it with your cell or high-end DSLR.
Due to the unique proximity of low flying airliners, the location is very popular with plane spotters. This is one of the few places in the world where aircraft can be viewed in their flightpath just outside the end of the runway. Watching airliners pass over the beach is such a popular activity that daily arrivals and departures airline timetables are displayed on a board in most bars and restaurants on the beach, and the Sunset Bar and Grill has a speaker on its outside deck that broadcasts the radio transmissions between pilots and the airport’s control tower.
This unusual physics course is truly memorable and a little bit creepy, so better do not watch it at night.
And you can watch it right here. It’s missing characters like Beorn, and entire sections of the story like the trolls, but you can still catch the gist. Well, sort of. If you speak...
Below pictures are taken from the Dutch National Archieff collection. This shows just how strong the commercial relationship between Japan and the Netherlands was, as it lasted from 1641 up to 1855. Hand coloured,...