Friday, August 21, 2009

Flying Islands


On August 14th, gravity was revoked in the Netherlands--or so it seemed when photographer Rik ter Horst looked out across the water and saw Schiermonnikoog Island floating in mid-air:

"It was just a mirage," he says. Temperature gradients in the air over the cool, open water caused light from the island and its surroundings to curve in unusual ways en route to the camera. The apparent gap between the island and the sea is actually an upside-down image of the sky above. Note the hint of antenna pointing into the water. But don't look too closely, cautions Horst. "You might start believing islands can fly."

With a couple of good single malts, perhaps.

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