Wednesday, November 5, 2014

sundogs in the neighbourhood



Last week, I was on the way back home when I spotted this sky phenomenon: a halo around the sun. Also called "Sundogs". It looked unreal, and remained there for some minutes. I parked in the next possible spot to catch the picture. There also is a larger version of the photo online.

This happened about 5 minutes from where I live: a sky miracle directly in the neighbourhood.

Here's more about the sun dogs:
Sun dogs, also called mock suns or phantom suns (scientific name: parhelia / singular parhelion), are "an atmospheric phenomenon that consists of a pair of bright spots on either side on the sun, often co-occurring with a luminous ring known as a 22° halo. Sun dogs are a member of a large family of halos, created by light interacting with ice crystals in the atmosphere. (More here: wiki/Sundog
Such a surprise. Earlier this year, I already spotted my first-ever sky halo, one that looks like a rainbow-colored cloud: a "Circumhorizontal Arc". While figuring out what the cloud was, I learned about the types of halos, so this time at least I knew that this was a natural phenomenon.

Here's the photo of the Circumhorizontal Arc:


That was June 27. And the sundog was: October 27... seems like someone in the sky likes to play on 27ths.

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more skies: skywatch friday

11 comments:

moonlightandmadness said...

I'd never heard of "sundogs" before but now that I have I'll know to look for the phenomenon. beautiful photos! you really captured it well. :)

Dorothee said...

thanks! i am still excited about seeing and catching them. And just noticed that i got the term wrong in sky friday, and typed "sky dogs" there :)

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Very cool. Glad you could capture them. I've only seen them on rare occasions, so this is a treat!

peppylady (Dora) said...

It been fairly cloudy in North Idaho been finely it's clearing off.

Coffee is on

eileeninmd said...

I love the sundogs, gorgeous sky and captures. Have a happy weekend!

Felicia said...

fabulous images

Jen said...

I've never seen either except in photos. Beautiful.

Dorothee said...

yes, it's a treat to see them! i've never seen them before either, hadn't even known about them. so fascinating, what the air and some ice particles can do.

Stewart M said...

Nice picture. I really like seeing these kinds of things - not that it happens very often!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Priyashi said...

Oh WOW! Stunning shots.....Incredible..

Dorothee said...

Thanks for the feedback, and glad you enjoyed the sundog-moment. Would be nice if they happened more often :)