A Fata Morgana is an unusual and very complex form of mirage, a form of superior mirage, which, like many other kinds of superior mirages, is seen in a narrow band right above the horizon. Although the term Fata Morgana is sometimes incorrectly applied to other, more common kinds of mirages, the true Fata Morgana is not the same as an ordinary superior mirage, and is certainly not the same as an inferior. Fata Morgana mirages tremendously distort the object or objects which they are based on, such that the object often appears to be very unusual, and may even be transformed in such a way that it is completely unrecognizable. Fata Morgana can be seen on land or at sea, in polar regions or in deserts. This kind of mirage can involve almost any kind of distant object, including such things as boats, islands, and coastline, as shown in the photographs which accompany this article.
Fata Morgana is not only complex, but also rapidly changing. The mirage comprises several inverted (upside down) and erect (right side up) images that are stacked on top of one another. Fata Morgana mirages also show alternating compressed and stretched zones.
The Italian name “Fata Morgana” is derived from the name of Morgan le Fay, who was alternately known as Morgane, Morgain, Morgana and other variants. Morgan le Fay was described as a powerful sorceress and antagonist of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere in the Arthurian legend. As her name indicates, the figure of Morgan appears to have been originally a fairy (Le Fey) rather than a human woman. The early works featuring Morgan do not elaborate on her nature, other than describing her role as that of a fairy or magician. Later she was described as a woman, King Arthur’s half-sister, and an enchantress.
Morgan le Fay is associated not only with Etna, but also with sirens. In a medieval French Arthurian Romance, Floriant et Florete, she is called “mistress of the fairies of the salt sea” (La mestresse [des] fées de la mer salée.) So who is Morgan le Fay, who studied magic, who lives in fiery Etna and in the sea at the same time? What else is she capable of doing? Perhaps she is the being who creates boats which fly above the sea and never approach the shore, and the golden castles that float in the air above the straits of Messina which nobody was ever able to reach, the castles that are nothing more than an optical illusion – a mirage, or is she herself just a mirage, Fata Morgana as she was called in Italy? (All the above is from wiki).
The above image is of Fata Morgana .
I finally tracked down who did this. His name is Archan Nair, and he does just sooo beautiful work!!! From his website:
Archan Nair (b.1982, New Delhi) is a self developed visual artist, illustrator and Art Director, specializing in mixed media, illustration, and digital art.
Archan is inspired by various phases and forms of life to create highly intricate works that connect the various dimensions of our existence.
Formerly a fashion major and entrepreneur, Archan started painting in 2006 at the age of 24 and made the shift to independent artist in 2007. Since then he has embarked on an exhilarating and inspirational journey, collaborating with various companies and individuals around the world such as Canon, Nike, Tiger Beer, Sony etc. Archan has been featured in various publications including Computer Arts, Digital Arts, Advanced Photoshop,GQ, Bak, Vanity Fair, and has achieved recognition from music artists like Kanye West.
Archan’s passion and love for the creative process and expressing himself has opened a whole new journey, where he is exploring the beautiful essence of life.
This is from 2008, and can be found at his website:
Economics is a lot like the Fata Morgana. Things may seem to exist, and don’t, or do exist while not seeming to. That is the purpose of Squeekonomics. To try to find the Reality behind the Image.