A red sun above the fields of Somerset heralded the arrival of storm Ophelia to the British Isles.
From inside my office it looked as if the windows had been covered in reflective gold film. Very strange – perhaps a giant UFO had parked above the clouds with its highlights on?
As soon as I could get away from work I went in search of a view to showcase the strange light. In the distance I could see blue sky so I knew my time was limited, if the sky cleared the light would go as the sun would be too bright. I settled on this spooky tree which I hoped would reflect the spooky light.
Luckily, Somerset missed the worst of Storm Ophelia. It brought us the clouds and strong winds. The sun would appear for a few seconds then disappear for several minutes when thicker clouds blew in. As I changed location it was hard to know where it would be next.
The science bit. As the storm moved north it picked up sand from the Sahara and smoke from the tragic forest fires in Portugal. This dust scattered the blue light in all directions leaving only the red light from the low autumn sun.
When I zoomed into the zoom and under exposed the picture you could see the filtered red light from the sun