Skiing the Muir Snowfield (1999 & 2000)
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July 25, 1999 _
View of Rainier through Trees
Bill Climbing the Muir Snowfield
Bill and Dave at Camp Muir
Bill Boarding beneath Rainier
Bill Boarding below the Icefall
Dave Carves a Turn below Rainier
Dave Boarding the Waterfall

April 8, 2000 _
View of Adams and St Helens
Rainier from Glacier Vista
Matt Climbing Muir Snowfield
Amar and Matt at Camp Muir
Matt Boarding Muir Snowfield
Matt Carving a Turn
Muir Snowfield Panorama

December 3, 2000 _
Matt and Micah Skiing Up
Adams with Lenticulars & Sun Dog
The Circum-Zenithal Arc!!!
Rainier Lenticular Clouds Panorama
Adams with Sunset Glow
Matt Boarding at Dusk
Micah Skiing into the Sunset
Photos utterly fail to capture the grandeur of the spectacle we beheld. For the first time in my life, I saw the circum-zenithal arc, the bright "rainbow" shown here which, unlike the numerous other halos, curves AWAY from the sun! Circum-zenithal means around the highest point in the sky, and that's where this arc was centered. A second fainter arc (known as the 46-degree upper tangential arc) was visible with the sunglass-protected eye but appears lost in this photo. Note that we are looking upward at a steep angle, with the low December midday sun just out of the view at bottom and the zenith of the sky just above the top of the photo.
(For a full description of these fascinating solar halos, read "Light and Color in the Outdoors" by Marcel Minnaert, especially section 156 ff.)
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