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Photo by Sherry Paulson on her 22nd visit to Ocean’s Reach!


The next time you see one of our magnificently colored sunrises or sunsets, remember “it’s all about the journey.”

Or more scientifically, it’s all about the distance that light has to travel to get to our eyes, which is much farther when the sun is at the horizon than when it is directly overhead.

As explained in a recent article from Treehugger:

“During sunrise and sunset, when the sun lies low on the horizon, the rays of sunlight must pass through almost 30 percent more area of atmosphere than they do during the day, and a higher number of larger atmospheric particles (i.e., dust, or water vapor) before they reach us.

The shorter violet and blue wavelengths scatter away from our field of vision. However, the longer wavelengths of light do not scatter as much and the sky becomes filled with yellow, orange and red. Red has the longest wavelength in the visible spectrum, so when the sun lies on the horizon, it appears red.

During a rainstorm, the water vapor in the air acts like a prism, separating light by the various wavelengths. This is why we see rainbows. The angle is important to seeing the separate colors, which is why when we move the rainbow appears to move.”

As interesting as all that sounds, sometimes it just comes down to the fact that our sunsets at Ocean’s Reach are absolutely spectacular, wouldn’t you agree?



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