Fogbow Segments

Obvious section of fogbow Fogbow with supernumerary

Quite often the fog isn't deep enough to show a full arc. Because it isn't coloured the casual observer would probably miss even an obvious bow section like this one.

When the fogbow is strong a supernumerary may also be visible inside the main bow, this is much broader than in a normal rainbow. Using a polariser enhances the contrast.

Fogbow from a canal bank

Because of the delicate balance needed for a good fogbow they may only last a minute or two in one particular fog patch. A hundred metres before this point on the canal towpath there wasn't enough fog to form a bow. Two hundred metres further along the path the fog was too thick and no bow was visible.

Fuji Finepix S5000   31st May 2004
Wiltshire, England

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