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Picture Information:
Picture Title: Fata Morgana
Location: Mojave Desert Ca
Photographer: John Bohner
Submission Date: 11/27/2006 9:03:28 PM
Comments: Fata Morgana is the Italian name for Morgan le Fay, the half-sister of King Arthur in Arthurian legend. Reputedly a sorceress and able to change shape at will, Morgan le Fay was sometimes said to live below the sea in a crystal palace that could also rise above the surface. The fata morgana effect was so named for the superstitious belief among sailors that she created illusory visions to lure men into a false port and to their death. The term first entered English usage in 1818, when it was used to describe an occurrence of the phenomenon in the Strait of Messina, a narrow body of water between Sicily and the region of Calabria in southern Italy. The Effect here floats upside down a series of hills. The hills themselves rise perhaps 400 feet above the desert floor and they are 15 miles away. The effect was due to an atmospheric inversion that I could feel as I drove just a few feet down the road and down hill.

Seen here just off I-40 in November 2001 after the Leonid meteor shower. Looking east towards the Colorado River from Mitchell Caverns access road.
Gallery Category: Nature
Technical Information:    
Shooting Location: Mojave Desert Ca
Camera: nikon f2
Lens: 24 mm
F Stop: ?
Film Format: 35mm
Film Type: likely E-100
ISO: 100?
Shutter Speed: 1/100?
Capture Method: Scanned From Print
Digital Resolution & Mode: modest size flat bed scan
Photographer Information:
Name: John Bohner
Location: Manhattan Beach, CA
About: If you are looking for Congressman John Boehner then you have the wrong one of us. While we may be confused in spelling, congressman John and I agree on most major issues and I wouldn't mind having coffee with him some time. THIS John is retired and has been 'doing' photography for many years and still finds himself occasionally wondering why. John lives in Manhattan Beach with his wife of many happy decades. He enjoys using photo editing software such as Bryce or Photoshop to both sculpt his images as well as create visions from his imagination. Please enjoy his work.
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