Today I got a glimpse from a train window of a rare phenomenon.
Phantom falls occur in the right conditions - there has to be the right amount of moisture in the air and temperatures on the clifftops and in the valley below. And you get what looks like a cloud tipping over the cliff and falling down like a waterfall.
I was on a train and could only see it for about 10 seconds, but it was pretty stunning looking.
Yeah, I've been hoping to see it for quite some time. There's a spot where it generally happens apparently but it's been so dry up until the last month and it's not predictable, and rare, so I haven't caught it.
Imagine my surprise when I looked up out the window of the train, in a spot where I haven't heard of it happening, and there it was.
I think the locality where it was occurring is known, maybe somewhat appropriately, as Asgard, with the clouds rolling off Valhalla.
Basically a vast sandstone escarpment that has had thousands of valleys and gorges cut down into it over the millenia. So you get those big vertical cliffs, flat(ish) on top, with very different conditions on top and below.
And the plains to the west, which can get very warm but also very cold, have an impact too.
As for how long the falls go, I believe they go anywhere from 10 minutes to a couple of hours. This is where they normally occur, or so I've been told, on and over the narrow ridges at the bottom of the picture:
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind—Einstein
I was at the Fog Bowl in 1988 (Eagles at Bears) and it looked kind of like that as the fog rolled over the top of the stadium and down onto the field. We left in the second half because we couldn't see the field at all. In retrospect, I really wish we had stayed anyway.