We made our way down to the beach in La Jolla California yesterday to just enjoy the ocean. It was around 3pm (5 hours until darkness) by the time we got there, and the sun was just starting to reflect off of the water.
This is called Sun Glitter. When water shows movement at certain times of the day you can see sun glitter. As a kid I always loved this time of day on the ocean or beach, but never really wondered why it happens.
As an adult I am always wondering why… I also like to find out fun facts about the pictures I come home with.
Today we have Sun glitter and some fun facts, along with some photos without the glitter, but couldn’t be passed up. Hope you enjoy.
Facts: Light reflects from smooth surfaces by specular reflections, (mirror reflections) but when water has movement whether it be from waves at the beach, ripples from the wind on a lake or a pebble thrown into water the sunlight reflects at different angels. As a result the viewer when standing in the right position will see many small images of the sun reflecting off of the waves.
The color of the reflection is a result of the angel of the sun on the horizon.