The Green Flash

May 28, 2014

I thought I would never see the green flash but a chance happening on Sunday morning changed that.  I went out to a Delaware bay beach before the sun rose to catch early light on shorebirds.  The beach was, however, relatively sparse in that department so I decided to watch the deep red orb rise up from the bay's horizon through my 400mm camera lens.  I was idly watching and taking a few photographs when for a very brief fraction of a second a flare of bright green flashed right at the top of the sun.  I tripped the shutter immediately but I was only able to catch the last bit of green on either ends of the flare that had been solidly green an instant before.  Still, I'm quite happy to have at least some of the green flash recorded and am thrilled beyond words to have witnessed it.

  • Tony Pratt is the administrator of the Shoreline and Waterway Management Section of Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. He is a scientist and naturalist, well versed in nature study.

    Pratt is a lifelong photographer who has worked closely with Kevin Fleming since 2007. His interests in photography range from wildlife and landscapes to portraiture work.

    His photography can be seen at and at the Kevin Fleming and Friends Gallery, 239 Rehoboth Ave. in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.