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Did a redwood forest just magically sprout up on Whidbey Island?

Did a redwood forest just magically sprout up on Whidbey Island?

Boating around Admiralty Inlet earlier this week, you might have thought you were somehow magically transported to the Redwood Forest.

The skyline was full of what looked like hundreds of towering trees across Whidbey Island near Fort Casey Wednesday.

But those trees are nowhere near that tall. It's a mirage!

Greg Johnson captured these mirages from his time lapse camera in Hansville and says it's a common sight in the summer time.

In fact, it wasn't even the first time this month! Check out this image from Saturday showing what appear to be a big bluff, or as Johnson puts it, "like a line of 10 story luxury condos are going up on Whidbey Island":

Cliff Mass' excellent weather blog did a nice detailed explanation Sunday of what causes these mirages but in a nutshell, they are caused when you have cold air near the chilly waters sitting below the warm air of the summer day.

As light passes through the changes in air density, it'll give these optical illusions.

Now that the sun is gone for a while, the skyline will return to normal, but next sunny and warm stretch, those along Admiralty Inlet just might have their eyes play a few tricks on them again.