Light and Vapor: Lighting Up LA
Turning back toward Los Angeles, the full moon illuminates a high thin layer of stratiform clouds as they drift over the coastline. The beams of our landing lights illuminate water vapor suspended in the air. Beneath us, the mountains along the California coast are lit by the moon from above so that their surfaces appear as if in soft evening shadows. Meanwhile their silhouettes are defined by the backlighting from the towns along the coast and in the valley beyond. A scattered layer of low clouds shrouds much of the scene in a bright misty veil.