|Peculiar Mirages & How Topology Helps
Miraged cars in telephoto (300mm) shots by Adam Kraft.
"Today it was 86 degrees and as a passenger I was able to photograph mirages as we traveled along. This particular part of the road is always great for them and I always have my camera ready when we get near it. The highway has a lot hills and valley's and this is in one of the small valleys."
©Adam Kraft, shown with permission.
What is unusual about this mirage is the car images. Some are upright!
Usually images alternate as erect, inverted, erect A consequence of the rule that a mirage must be capable of being simply deformed by folding or pleating into the real object.
Real life is inevitably richer! Inferior mirages are rarely complete and some images might be so squashed that they are not seen. Nonetheless, topology theory gives a good guide for what to look for in mirages.