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Frost SparklesPhotographer: Jan Koeman; Jan's Web site Summary Authors: Jan Koeman; Jim FosterThe photo above shows frost crystals gleaming like the bulbs on a Christmas tree in the early morning sunlight. It was taken in the Lofoten Islands of Norway on October 15, 2012. I used a long 300 mm lens with full aperture to snap the picture. These were the first such crystals of the autumn. The brightly coloured spheres are referred to as sparkles. Like halos, they tend to be found roughly 22 degrees from the Sun. It's easier to notice the sparkle colours if you purposely de-focus your vision or if you stand further away. This allows only a fraction of the dispersed sunlight to enter your eyes. If you stand too close, the crystals will appear devoid of colour. Photo taken on October 15, 2012.
I'd like to see this with my own eyes, what time of the year is the best for this sight seeing and what do I need to get there? Just a back pack and foot?