Sunday, November 1, 2009

Morning Glory

Date Aircraft Route of Flight Time (hrs) Total (hrs)
01 Nov 2009 N21481 5G0 (Le Roy, NY) - OYM (St Mary's, PA) - 5G0 2.3 775.5

A breakfast run with Mom, Kristy, and The Bear to The Silver Wing in St Mary's, Pennsylvania.  The restaurant is open this time, fuel is now self serve, and the frittata amazing.  

While dining, the clouds roll in and the return trip is bumpy under the newly formed ceiling.  We chance upon a hole in the deck of sufficient size and spiral above the downy cumulus.  Climbing above the overcast, Warrior 481 casts a shadow on the cloud surrounded by the ever-elusive glory.  I have tried for years to get a decent picture of this phenomenon, but am rarely close enough to a cloud for it to look like much of anything.

This shot really shows the rings of the glory.  The phenomenon is a result of light backscattered from a cloud and appears as a halo around the shadow of the observer.  Always a treat to see.