#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. A photographer from Dudinka, Denis Gaskov, shot, very spectacular but not frequent natural phenomenon – light columns. In the pictures, they look like special effects from a fantastic thriller.
Such an optical effect – a light forest – can be observed only at temperatures of minus 15 degrees and lower, when flat ice crystals appear in the atmosphere. Light from lanterns, spotlights, brightly lit buildings scatters on crystals, forming a long beam that stretches high into the sky from each light source. The phenomenon resembles a halo, which appear when the moon or the sun light is scattered on the ice pieces.
Residents of Taimyr often share pictures of the most beautiful natural phenomena, such as the northern lights. Some photographers even hunt it. This spring, Krasnoyarsk residents were lucky with sky phenomena – the ‘bloody’ supermoon. In Norilsk it was impossible to watch because of the polar day. And in June, Russians boasted of impressive pictures of a rare astronomical phenomenon that was last observed in our country in the middle of the 20th century – the annular Sun eclipse.
Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: Denis Gaskov