• Orange in the Sierra Foothill Garden

    by  • September 14, 2011 • Sierra Foothills, Weather • 6 Comments

    Color in the garden

    Not only plants provide color in the Sierra foothills…

    November 2005

    November 2005

    On certain days in the fall, the setting sun  focuses its light in a strip of light on the mountain. All these views are looking east onto the Peckinpah Ridge. It’s a sign of the changing season to me.

    December 2005

    December 2005

    Even on stormy days like yesterday, the sun shines through in a strip. This is called Alpenglow.

    What is Alpenglow?

    Alpenglow is an optical phenomenon in which a horizontal red glowing band is observed on the horizon opposite to the sun. This effect occurs when the Sun is just below the horizon. Alpenglow is easiest to observe in the late afternoon when humidity is high in Fall and early Spring.

    Since the sun is below the horizon, there is no direct path for the light to reach the mountain. Unlike sunset or sunrise, the light that causes alpenglow is reflected off airborne snow, water, or ice particles low in the atmosphere. These conditions differentiate between a normal sunrise or sunset and alpenglow.

     

    November 2008

    November 2008

     

    September 2011

    September 2011

     

    Have you noticed the full moon of the last few days? Harvest Moon, it is, and it’s so bright that I believe something could actually be harvested. Walking Maggie last night at ten, we sat on a bench and looked out on the field of tarweed and the mountain …moonshadows everywhere.

    When the moon is bright in the early early mornings, I have sometimes arisen and dressed. only to see the clock on my coffee maker says 2am.  I call this Moonfoolery!

    Harvest Moon September 12, 2011

    Harvest Moon September 12, 2011

    On a motorcycle ride, we saw this moon along Auberry Rd.

    About

    Sue Langley, a passionate gardener and photographer lives and gardens with her husband and Corgi, Maggie on 7 acres just south of Yosemite, Zone 7 at 3000 feet. She also manages the Flea Market Gardening Facebook page and website.

    6 Responses to Orange in the Sierra Foothill Garden

    1. September 14, 2011 at 6:10 pm

      Beautiful pictures!

    2. September 14, 2011 at 6:10 pm

      Beautiful pictures!

    3. September 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm

      We were enjoying the moonlight the other night too. It got me remembering something my daughter said a long time ago: “Can you get a moon burn, Mom?”

    4. September 15, 2011 at 1:08 pm

      Thanks, Gayle, I hope you saw the full moon, too. Woke me up this morning!

      Too funny, Katie! We’re fortunate to have so much sky here, right? So beautiful..

    5. September 15, 2011 at 1:08 pm

      Thanks, Gayle, I hope you saw the full moon, too. Woke me up this morning!

      Too funny, Katie! We’re fortunate to have so much sky here, right? So beautiful..

    6. September 19, 2011 at 9:28 am

      Woo–love the colors! I detest the shortening days but the increasingly golden tinge to the light helps to compensate.

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