Thank you, thank you everyone.
Now that I have broken the news, I will have to try and hold your attention in another way, so on with the trip:
Bright and early next morning we were up and off for a drive to the Nossob river. At Kij Gamies view site we were again fortunate to experience the FATA MORGANA EFFECT, although this time it was not as spectcular as the first time we witnessed the phenomenon. I did not take any images, but do have from the previous trip. This is an extract from a posting I placed on another 'thread' on the forum, it will give you a good idea what this optical illusion is:
Considering an early phrase “castles in the air’, describing imaginary constructions or more to the fact: pipe dreams and visions that will never come to fruition. These explanations can be used to describe this phrase quite accurately, but consider this: it may also be used to describe an actual rare, optical phenomenon, a Fata Morgana. A Fata Morgana is a superior mirage than those evident in that ‘distance pool of water’ on a hot tarred road or the illusions of water in the desert.
A Fata Morgana can be best described as follows:
“A rare optical illusion resulting from a temperature inversion, where the interface between warm air over colder, dense air below acts as a mirror, to reflect surface features (producing upside-down, fairy-like, ever changing images of the topography below). The phenomenon was first described in English in 1818 in the translation of an Italian document that referred to such a mirage that had been witnessed between Calabria and Sicily in the strait of Messina. Fata Morgana was the Italian version of the name “Morgan le Fay”, the shape-shifting fairy that was half sister to King Arthur.” (see image and text by Adrian Brink in the kitchen of unit no. 4, Kielie Krankie, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
We had the privilege of witnessing the Fata Morgana phenomenon describe above. What first appeared to be mist turned out to be what seemed a wall above the dunes on the horizon. What made this even more spectacular was that it was continuous around the horizon in a full 360 degrees with a perfect flat top.
The first 3 images show the full reflection (Fata Morgana) of the topography below.
The remaining images show the slow disappearance of the phenomenon. During this time, when viewed with binoculars, it certainly does look like buildings (or “castles”) on the horizon.
So keep an eye out for this phenomenon on your next trip, it is really amazing to see.
It is lucky we did not experience this on the 21 Decemeber 2012 (the end of the Mayan calendar and the supposed end of the world). We would have had no idea what it was and it certainly looked like a wall of water on the horizon.