Crepuscular rays through the redwoods at the Hot Spot, a local picnic area on the Gualala River.
From Wikipedia: Crepuscular rays
) in atmospheric optics
, are rays
that appear to radiate from a single point in the sky, specifically, where the sun is. These rays, which stream through gaps in clouds (particularly stratocumulus
) or between other objects, are columns of sunlit air separated by darker cloud-shadowed regions. The name comes from their frequent occurrences during crepuscular
hours (those around dawn and dusk), when the contrasts between light and dark are the most obvious. Crepuscular comes from the Latin
word "crepusculum", meaning twilight.