More than 25,000 colorful paper flowers spiral around a 6-meter atrium at the shopping mall of Omotesando in Tokyo. The visually stimulating scene is part of Emmanuelle Moureaux‘s newest installation, Color Mixing. The French-born, Tokyo-based architect created the vibrant work as part of NSK’s 100th anniversary exhibition, Setting the Future in Motion. NSK is a leading manufacturer of bearings, and the artist made good use of their capabilities in her work.
The natural phenomenon known as light pillars are making headlines once again due to one photographer’s incredible capture of them one recent cold and late winter night. Photographer Jay Callaghan shot the beautiful photo (above), on his back deck at 1:45 am as he was looking northeast toward Chemong Road in Peterborough, Ontario.
When extreme cold weather hits, ice crystals or tiny discs of ice may form. Usually these ice crystals evaporate before ever reaching the ground. When sunlight or moonlight is reflected on these ice crystals, thin columns that extend vertically above and/or below the source of light are created.
“One benefit of being a night owl and staying up late is I capture moments that other ‘normal’ sleeping people miss.” – Jay Callaghan
So, how does one explain all of the colors? As the Weather Doctor states, “Because the light rays forming pillars are reflected, they take on the color of the incident light. For example, when the sun is higher in the sky, pillars are white or bright yellow in color. But when it is near the horizon and its light color dominantly orange, gold or red, so is the resulting pillar.”
Here are some more examples of this stunning visual phenomenon that have been shot by photographers worldwide.
Above photo: Peterborough, Ontario
Hokkaido, Kitami City, Japan
Photo: Osato Naoya
Tuktoyaktuk, NT Canada
Photo: Francis Anderson
Photo: Tristan Grezko
Photo: Colt Forney
Photo: Christoph Geisler
McMurdo Sound, Antarctica
Photo: dj (cheeseloaf)
Photo: Piia Anneli
Photo: Atacan Ergin
Photo: Jason Ahms
Fort Wainwright, Alaska
Photo: Joey Holliday