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By paulbroad
I've put this in for general interest. It's in critique to allow discussion, but I don't mind critique. This is genuine - no tricks.

The quality is poor, but it is what you see I'm interested in discussing. During the hot weekend - 23 May - we were at Skipse, near Bridlington, we saw a mirage. Never seen one before.

This is with a long lens on tripod, but the effect and heat haze caused a total lack of sharpness. You are looking at Flamborough head and a large coal carrier on the skyline. There is a temperature inversion layer almost level with the cliff tops, and the ship is naturally reflected in it upside down.

As said, this is as it appeared - no tricks.


Tags: Unusual General Specialist and abstract Effect Mirage Landscape and travel

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Cor 7 Belgium
1 Jun 2010 8:04AM
Special, very well spotted AND taken *****

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cats_123 Plus
12 4.6k 26 Northern Ireland
1 Jun 2010 8:07AM
well seen and recorded...where's that ice-cold beer! Wink
mohikan22 12 2.3k 2 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2010 8:21AM
thats mad... ive never seen one either. and for you.. its a great documentary piece if not maybe someday historic.
fossilized 12 79 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2010 11:47AM
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3525 Canada
1 Jun 2010 2:43PM
Very odd, and Im glad you shared it, - Ive never seen this captured before.

pamelajean Plus
10 969 1832 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2010 4:35PM
Anything like this fascinates me, so I've been googling and finding out all sorts of interesting information about temperature inversion layers and mirages. I have, however, only managed to find one other picture similar to yours which, needless to say, I am absolutely intrigued with. I hope you won't mind me putting it up as a mod, and I hope I'm not infringing any copyright by doing so. Thanks for sharing this, you must have been so excited to see it.
paulbroad 9 116 1062 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2010 4:52PM
No problem. It's here for discussion and comment as any other image. I have no problem with anyone playing with a 600 pixel image - that is why I get a bit wound up when some put logos on them! Your mod - the Finland shot - is the same sort of thing - same circumstances by the look of it.

I'm in my mid-60's, and have never seen anything like this in the UK. Others seeing it at the time were quite frightened. I have a series of images taken at this time - another ship, several versions of the one above and a couple which show what I think are inverted oil or gas rigs which were actually over the horizon.

Scutter Plus
8 1.7k 6 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2010 5:52PM
A remarkable record of a natural phenomenon! I would contact the local press, they might be interested and you might even get some pocket money!!
paulbroad 9 116 1062 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2010 7:17AM
Hello Scutter,

Have you ever tried to get money out of the local press. They are notoriuosly bad at paying for anything.

I used to do a bit, 35 years ago, for a local paper. Didn't last long - had to develop and print images myself to a deadline and was making a loss. Many of my industrial images do appear in the local paper, but via my old employer who I still act as a freelance for - they pay well.

18 Jul 2010 10:35AM
A very interesting image this is Paul, I have never seen anything quite like it!

Cheers, Pete

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