Brocken Spectre & Glory
Pictured by Bruno David at Pic du Midi, France.
©Bruno David, shown with permission.
As sunlight breaks through mountain fog a monstrous figure looms, the "Spectre of the Brocken". It is the shadow of the photographer projected as a long column through the fog.
The multicoloured rings are a separate and more subtle phenomenon. The individual fog droplets scatter sunlight backwards to form a diffraction pattern, a glory. Glories, whether seen from mountains or airplanes are always centered on the point directly opposite the sun and where the shadow of your eye or camera is located.