Alvord Desert Crowning Light


The Alvord Desert in Southeast Oregon is crowned by a rare and beautiful meteorological phenomenon.

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The Alvord Desert is a vast, dry lakebed sitting in the rainshadow of the Steens Mountain in Southeast Oregon. The expansive, open skies are perfect for capturing unique phenomena like these anti-crepuscular, or anti-solar, rays.

Anti-crepuscular rays are meteorological optical phenomena that appear to converge opposite of the setting or rising sun (now that’s a mouthful). In other words, those dark blue and light pinkish rays you see in this image – they are converging in the eastern sky while the sun sets in the west. Pretty cool!

Would you like to see more desert photos? Visit my Desert Collection HERE!

Image details:

  • Camera: Nikon D810
  • Lens: Tokina AT-X 16-28 f2.8 PRO FX
  • Exposure: .6 second at f22

Take a unique look at the Alvord Desert from a glider’s perspective in this short video from OPB.


We are confident you will love displaying this image in your home or office, and that it will inspire a spirit of adventure for many years to come.

Note: This image is watermarked on our website for security. Rest assured, your printed image will not contain a watermark.


Every order is custom printed just for you. Printing times typically take between 2 to 4 business days and are then shipped via standard delivery methods. Shipping times vary but are generally less than 7 days from the time of shipment.

Types of prints available:

Additional information

Types of prints

Gallery Quality Print, Canvas Gallery Wrap, Metal Print

Sizes (dependent on the type of print chosen)

12×18, 16×24, 24×36


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