Jet Trail Shadow

by Robert Allen Arnold | Published: September 20, 2019

As a commercial jet was heading west over the Grayland ocean beach one late spring afternoon, it left a fresh condensation trail between the sun and the winter clouds. The hazy sun was strong enough to cast a matching shadow of the jet trail onto the clouds. For good measure, the sun dropped a perfect light beam straight down into the ocean at the same time. Just moments later, it was all gone.


Grayland resident Robert Allen Arnold is retired from corporate America and now spends his time writing prose and poetry, and taking pictures at Grayland Beach when he finds the opportunity. “I’m able to get some great shots of the amazing cloud formations off the coast,” he says. Contact him at

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