25 June 2009

Why we love living here...

Even people who have never visited the Sonoran Desert often know about our fabulous sunsets. Western sunsets are certainly dramatic and a photograph can't really capture their astounding beauty (but I hope this photo can give you a pretty good idea!).

So just why are our sunsets so fabulous? Light scattering. At day's end light has to travel a long path to reach us & the violet, blue and green light of the spectrum is scattered. What remains is fiery reds, intense oranges, and flaming magentas. Everyone has a favorite spot for watching the sun set. What's yours?

(Photo courtesy of Mark Wight.)
For more info: www.desertmuseum.org

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