Golden Gate Photo - Mirage Gallery
Fine Art Photography of Mirages from Death Valley.
The mirages on this page are called inferior mirages. Not that they aren't as good as other ones, an inferior mirage is a inverted image below the original image, caused by a reflection on a layer of air. This often occurs when a layer of air forms just above the ground surface that is substantially hotter than the air above it. So when the Sun beams down on a surface, especially a dark-colored one like asphalt, the air above it becomes distinctly hot, thus less dense, and light refracts off the surface of that layer and projects a mirror image to the viewer. If you ever saw a mirage of water on dry pavement, that is a mirror image of the sky. Albeit rare, there are also superior mirages, which are reflections off layers higher in the atmosphere that project images above the original object. The images shown here were all taken in Death Valley during a mellow 100oF (38oC) May afternoon.
Inverted Alluvial Fans
Print No. C99-26-9
Print No. C99-24-7
Mirrored Auto and Floating Mountain
Print No. C99-29-11
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