Ralph Arwood Photography

11 Fathoms Up

The view from our front porch!

March Sunsets

Friday, June 8, 2018

February Sunsets 2018

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

January Sunsets 2018

Sunday, March 11, 2018

New Years Eve 2017

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

December Sunsets 2017

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

November Sunsets 2017

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

October Sunsets 2017

Saturday, November 25, 2017

September Sunsets 2017

Sunday, October 15, 2017

August Sunsets 2017

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Thunderstorm 10-12-2017

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Cloud Iridescence

Sunday, October 15, 2017

This thunderstorm moved toward the setting sun, giving a prolonged display of Cloud Iridescence.

Cloud iridescence occurs as colors in a cloud similar to those seen in oil films on puddles. The colors are usually pastel, but can be very vivid. When occurring near the sun, the effect can be difficult to spot as it is blocked by the sun's glare. 

Iridescent clouds are a diffraction phenomenon caused by small water droplets or small ice crystals scattering light. Larger ice crystals do not produce iridescence, but can cause halos, a different phenomenon.

If parts of clouds contain small water droplets or ice crystals of similar size, their cumulative effect is seen as colors. The cloud must be thin, so that most rays encounter only a single droplet. Iridescence is mostly seen at cloud edges or in semi-transparent clouds, while newly forming clouds produce the brightest and most colorful iridescence.


Sunday, October 15, 2017

92L aka PTC-10

July Sunsets 2017

Monday, July 31, 2017

Tropical Storm Emily

Monday, July 31, 2017

July 31, 2017


Sunday, July 30, 2017

July 4, 2017 Fireworks

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

July 4, 2017 Thunderstorm

Tuesday, July 4, 2017


Monday, July 3, 2017

Its been an amazing week for sunsets! All photos were made with an iPhone 6Plus.





Western Lights

Saturday, May 28, 2016

My plan was to return to Iceland this winter to photograph more Northern Lights. Life had other plans. After multiple reminders that you can make god laugh by telling her your plans, I switched to photographing the Western Lights. Its been a good year for sunsets over the Gulf. The curtains of red and yellow light show best with high clouds, the higher the better.

Green Flash

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Last nights sunset ended with a green flash!  The green flash is viewable because refraction bends the light of the sun. The atmosphere acts as a weak prism, which separates light into various colors.

Sunset Storm

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Sunrise Storm

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The colors remind me of the paintings by the Florida Highwaymen.

Sunrise Rainbow

Monday, September 7, 2015

This time of year we usually get our storms in the afternoon. Today they rolled in from the Gulf at sunrise.


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Now that Erika has dissipated we can get back to our normal August weather.