Brocken specter

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Brock´en spec´ter


1.A mountain specter (which see), esp. that observed on the Brocken, in the Harz Mountains.
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The highlights include watching hundreds of deer gallop below me, seeing a Brocken spectre where your reflection is bounced on to a cloud like a giant phantom and sleeping in a bothy in the Fisherfield mountains.
Katherine Fotheringham snapped a picture of a fog bow, inverse clouds and a brocken spectre when she was walking up Beinn a'Chrulaiste in Glen Coe last Sunday.
The Brocken spectre, a natural phenomenon in which the interplay of a sinking sun and a misty atmosphere create a "natural magic lantern" projecting a giant shadow onto the mist, was commonly viewed by Romantic writers as an analogy for the inextricability of perception and artistic creation, and of the self and the external world (223).