Brocken Spectre

Brocken Spectre

This is a 'Brocken Spectre' from near Tararua Peaks. A curious optical effect when sunlight from behind hits water droplets below. Circular rainbow known as a Glory and shadow of photographer (at apex) is known as the Brocken Spectre. The track is evident on the left.


  • lewshaw lewshaw Well captured! I haven`t seen the real deal,missed my shadow but got the rest on Mt Haast.
    26 November 2020
  • glennj glennj I've seen a few over the years. Sometimes the images seem greatly magnified and sometimes are more life size. Sometimes a bit distorted and sometimes well proportioned.
    9 September 2020
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John Saunders
Added 1 September 2020 by John Saunders. No revisions.


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