Christopher Tozier is the author of Olivia Brophie and the Pearl of Tagelus, the award-winning, middle-grade fantasy series set in the wilds of central Florida and published by Pineapple Press. He was selected as a 2011 State of Florida Artist Fellowship recipient and his poetry has appeared widely.
If not, you are missing one of nature's most beautiful color displays. Irisation occurs in high, thin clouds consisting of uniform-sized ice crystals. High-level winds cause the colors to shift and swirl. Irisation isn't rare, it is simply rarely noticed. What a mistake to live one's life without noticing the world!
Last night, a front blew through Florida, leaving behind a gusty, cold day. A perfect day for cloud watching.
I shot these on ISO100 with the exposure turned down low to keep the sun from blowing out the entire shot.
Notice the white cloud at the bottom. It serves as a nice comparison to the irisation above.