Crepuscular Rays through Trees

The low sun casts shadows across a shallow layer of fog to create a striking spectacle.

Standing under a tree in shallow sunlit fog can give impressive crepuscular rays. Then it is easy to trace the shafts of sunlight to see their true geometry.

Crepuscular rays can be formed by shadows on thin fog or mist, here the dark hedge provides a good contrast for the sunlit fog. Although the rays appear to be diverging to the left it is easy to see that they are really travelling parallel with the narrow lane.

The leaves casting shadows are much further away than the pools of light at the end of the shafts of sunlight. Because of this perspective and the low sun the illusion of diverging rays is still strong.

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