© Rob Van Avery “Brocken Spectre on Algonquin” 10/8/17
Congratulations to Rob Van Avery, for winning our Weekly Facebook Cover Photo Contest, “All Things Adirondack”! His image shows the phenomenon known as Brocken Spectre, while atop Mt. Algonquin on October 8th of this year.
The Brocken Spectre appears when the Sun is low behind a hiker, who is looking downwards into mist from a mountain. The “spectre” is the shadowy figure. The glow and rings are called a Glory, which is centered opposite the sun at the antisolar point.
It was named Brocken because of sightings on the Brocken, the highest peak of Germany’s Harz Mountains.