Crepuscular Rays

Crepuscular rays or Sun rays are rays of sunlight that appear to radiate from the point in the sky where the sun is located. These rays, which stream through gaps in clouds or between other objects, are columns of sunlit air. Despite seeming to converge at a point, the rays are in fact near-parallel shafts of sunlight, and their apparent convergence is a perspective effect (similar, for example, to the way that parallel railway lines seem to converge at a point in the distance). The name comes from their frequent occurrences during crepuscular hours (those around dawn and dusk). Crepuscular comes from the Latin word “crepusculum”, meaning twilight. Click on any of the images below to go to the gallery.