Feb 212014
 

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that I am slightly obsessed with quite fond of photographing islands from the airplane window.  Despite sometimes receiving strange looks from both flight attendants and passengers, I’m not shy about whipping out my camera during take-off and landing.

Here are some shots from a recent Bonaire departure.

Lac Bay Photographed During Takeoff

Lac Bay Photographed During Takeoff

Another View of Lac Bay

Another View of Lac Bay

Shortly after I snapped the second photo, I noticed that a strange (and very beautiful) reflection had appeared out the window of the right side of the aircraft.

Airplane Rainbow

It was a reflection of our aircraft, encircled by a rainbow halo, and it stayed with us for over five minutes.

Pilot's Glory

Despite being a fairly frequent flyer, this was my first time witnessing this stunning phenomenon.  A subsequent google search unveiled more information.  The circular rainbow is called Glory, and the aircraft shadow is called Brocken spectre.  Together they are sometimes called The Glory of the Pilot.  Apparently, I was lucky enough to witness to a rare sight that some pilots never see.

The Glory of the Pilot

The Glory of the Pilot

Have you seen this phenomenon for yourself?

You can find more of my aerial photos here.

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