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February 5, 2014

Wordless Wednesday


Sundog: 

A sun dog (or sundog), mock sun or phantom sun, scientific name parhelion (plural parhelia), is an atmospheric phenomenon that creates bright spots of light in the sky, often on a luminous ring or halo on either side of the sun.

Sundogs may appear as a colored patch of light to the left or right of the sun, 22° distant and at the same distance above the horizon as the sun, and in ice halos. They can be seen anywhere in the world during any season, but they are not always obvious or bright. Sundogs are best seen and are most conspicuous when the sun is low. (Wikipedia)

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10 comments:

  1. I've never heard of sundogs let alone seen one. Great capture!

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    1. I'd never seen this until we moved to Nebraska. Guess it's not something you'd see in San Diego.

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  2. That is stunning Les. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Diane. I'm always so amazed when I see these "dogs" in the sky. :)

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    1. Thanks, Kailana. I drove a little bit out of my way to get a shot outside of the city.

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  4. Literally they were just showing sun dogs on the news!

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    1. They sure were the hot topic of conversation this week, weren't they?

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  5. Interesting!! I haven't heard of this either but it's so beautiful.

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    1. I've seen them several times since we moved to Nebraska, as well as in Seattle this past summer, but never in SoCal.

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