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If you liked the recent post Strange Wonders of the world, Then here are some more –

Red Tides

Red Tides are also known as algal blooms sudden influxes of massive amounts of colored single-cell algae that can convert entire areas of an ocean or beach into a blood red color.

While some of these can be relatively harmless, others can be harbingers of deadly toxins that cause the deaths of fishes , birds and marine mammals.

In some cases , even humans have been harmed by red tides though no human exposure are know to have been fatal.

While they can be fatal , the constituent phytoplankton in rides tides are not harmful in small numbers.

Fire Rainbows

A circumhorizontal fir rainbows arc occurs at a rare confluence of right time and right place for the sun and certain clouds.

Crystals within the clouds refract light into the various visible waves of the spectrum but only if they are arrayed correctly relative to ground below.

Due to the rarity with which all of these events happen in conjunction with one another , there are relatively few remarkable photos of this phenomena.


Named after peak-hooded new mexican monks (lower right above),Penitentes are dazzling naturally-forming ice blades that stick up at sharp angles toward the sun.

Rarely found except at high altitudes , they can grow up taller than a human and form in vast fields.

As ice melts in particular patterns , ‘valleys’ formed by initial melt leave leave ‘mountains’ in their wake.

Strangely , these formations ultimately slow the melting process as the peaks cast shadows on the deeper surfaces below and allow for winds to blow over the peaks , cooling them.


Like light pillars,sundogs are the product of light passing through crystals

The particular shape and orientation of the crystals
can have drastic visual impact for the viewer,producing a longer tail and changing the range of colors one sees.

The relative height of the sun in the sky shifts the distance the sundogs appear to be on either side of the sun

Varying climatic conditions on other planets in our solar system produce halos with up to four sundogs from those planets’ perspectives.

Sundogs have been speculated about and discussed since ancient times and written records describing the various attributes of our sun date back the Egyptians and Greeks.

Fire Whirls

Fire Whirls (Also know as fire devils or tornadoes)appear the right combination of climatic condition is present.

Fire Whirls can be spawned by other natural events suck as earthquakes and thunderstorms,and can be incredibly dangerous,in some cases spinning well out of the zone of a fire itself to cause devastation and death in a radius not even reached by heat or flame.

Fire whirl have been known to be nearly a mile high,have winds of over 100 miles per hour and to last for 20 or more minutes.

Orange Moon

This last phenomena is something most people have seen before beautiful orange hanging low in the sky.

But what causes this phenomena and , for that , matter , does the moon have a  color at all ?

When the moon appears lower on the horizon , rays of light bouncing off it have to pass through a great deal more of our atmosphere which slowly strips away everything but yellows , oranges and reds.

The bottommost image above is true to the hues of the moon but has enhanced colors to more clearly show the differences in shade that illustrate the mixed topography and mineralogy that tell the story of the moon’s surface.

Looking at the colors in combination with the craters one can start to trace the history of impacts and  consequent material movements across the face of our mysterious moon.