I'm now in Santiago for 4 days before heading off again for Munich where I will be giving a talk and hopefully starting some work with a couple of researchers there. The Munich group is one of the largest string theory groups in the world and so this is both exciting and somewhat daunting, but it should be a useful experience whatever happens. Anyway, I leave for Munich via Mallorca on Thursday.
Anyway, on a more positive note there was another rather pleasing atmospheric phenomenon which greeted me as I arrived into Paris on Saturday evening. Newly formed clouds, close to the sun in the sky, can give rather beautiful effects as light diffracts through them and causes iridescent colours to come and go. I caught this image as I was sitting on the bus on the way from the airport:
Atmospheric Optics site. I would really recommend having a full read of this site as having done so myself I now realise the number of spectacular phenomena around us, if only we know what to look for. This in many ways is tied into the reason I enjoy physics, the quest to understand the world around us, and in doing so take in as many riches as possible. Though my own research, which is far less close to home than atmospheric optics, may seem a distant cousin of such ideas, it is still the goal to understand the amazing things which go on around us, even if on vastly different scales.