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Rare Fogbow Lands on Marin

Al Fricke was sailing aboard his Catalina 36 Jubilee when he snapped these great photos of a ‘fogbow’.

“I’ve been on the seas a lot in my life, but on Thursday I saw, for me, a rare fogbow. Thought you might enjoy it, taken right off the Marin Coast as I was heading toward the salmon fishing grounds on my Catalina 36.”

Fogbow landing on shore
Could there be a pot of gold at the end of this fogbow?
© 2020 Al Fricke
Fishing boat under fogbow
Perhaps instead of a pot of gold, there’s a school of fish at the end of the fogbow.
© 2020 Al Fricke
Fogbow complete
We all love rainbows, but how often do we see their magnificence come to light in the fog?
© 2020 Al Fricke

Whereas a rainbow results from the reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in rainwater droplets, according to EarthSky, a fogbow results from the same phenomenon, but “with the small water droplets inside a fog instead of larger raindrops.”

What’s the most picturesque display of nature you’ve seen while out sailing?


  1. Greg Clausen 3 years ago

    I did the 2019 transpac and one night on watch I saw a squall in the distance that produced a rainbow with the light of the full moon. It was amazing and the of the highlights of that race.

  2. Sassy Ipswich 3 years ago

    Fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

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