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This afternoon as Julie and I were driving home from St. Louis we saw this Sundog. We have seen them before but not very often. They are quite common but the conditions that create them where they become visible to you from your location at a particular time are not that common.

Sundogs are formed by plate-shaped hexagonal ice crystals in high and cold cirrus clouds. These crystals act as prisms, bending the light rays passing through them by 22°. As the crystals sink through the air they become vertically aligned, so sunlight is refracted horizontally — this is when, sundogs are seen. (Source Wikipedia)

Nikon D40x with Nikon 300mm VR lens, hand held – As Is.

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  • AliceDoodles
    AliceDoodlesalmost 5 years ago


    Your cohosts Cee and Chris

  • Thanks

    – barnsis

  • SusanP-MI
    SusanP-MIalmost 5 years ago

    very interesting.

  • Thank you, good old Wikipedia ☺

    – barnsis

  • Visual   Inspirations
    Visual Inspi...almost 5 years ago

    Gorgeous capture! I never knew what they were called~

  • Thank you

    – barnsis

  • BarbL
    BarbLalmost 5 years ago

    Wow….not only had I never heard of Sundogs but I’ve never seen one either. How very cool!! Great capture…your timing was perfect!!

  • Thank you, I think the last one I saw was over two years ago.

    – barnsis

  • Enivea
    Eniveaalmost 5 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous Byron! Isn’t the natural world completely amazing!!

  • Thanks, yes it is, you can get beauty even on a cloudy day.

    – barnsis

  • BCallahan
    BCallahanalmost 5 years ago

    that is so cool, byron. i have seen these before many times, but i didn’t know they were called sundogs… thanks for the information.. i thought maybe that was just missouri slang or something.. lol hugs, bro… nite!

  • Thanks, nope the real facts straight from Wikipedia – good old Google ☺

    – barnsis

  • Wanda Raines
    Wanda Rainesalmost 5 years ago

    I have never heard of Sundogs. Very interesting. Glad you were able to capture this one.

  • Thanks, I see them once in a great while here – usually when I am driving.

    – barnsis

  • khutchi
    khutchialmost 5 years ago

    Awesome and YOU are “SO” smart!!! :) lol

  • Not smart, just know how to look up things. Thanks.

    – barnsis

  • Dmarie Frankulin
    Dmarie Frankulinalmost 5 years ago

    that’s an awesome cloud formation…great capture!!! :-)

  • Thank you

    – barnsis

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekalmost 5 years ago

    awwww…………….because of the title I was looking for Tucker……….;-))

  • I have one coming in just a few minutes of Tucker, another crazy dog image.

    – barnsis

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