20 Incredible Crepuscular Rays

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Black Mountain Tower, CanberraPhoto:
Crepuscular rays over Black Mountain Tower in Canberra:
Image: Fir0002

Have you ever witnessed rays of sunlight seemingly radiating from a single point in the sky? In the forest maybe, in a church or through cloud cover over the sea? Called crepuscular rays, these columns of sunlit air streaming through gaps in clouds, branches or buildings create stunning displays of light and shadow. We’ve found 20 images that absolutely took our breath away.

Mammoth Hot SpringsPhoto:
Image: Mila Zinkova

Sunbeams at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

Apart from a source throwing a shadow, crepuscular rays need the aid of particles to reflect off to be visible, for example dust particles, snow, fog or water droplets.

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At Golden Gate State ParkPhoto:
Image: Mila Zinkova

Crepuscular rays at Golden Gate Park, San Francisco:

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