Magic Sundog Day by DJ LeMay

We enjoyed our last day of summer at our favorite nearby beach and as if to put an exclamation point on the magic of the day, we were blessed with the sight of a sundog! It lasted for a couple of hours at dusk and we saw it on both sides and on top of the sun on the ride home in the skiff. (My camera is usually safely packed away in camera bag and then in a waterproof bag when underway tho.)

The sight of it foretold the coming storm as I knew it was only visible because of ice crystals.

A sundog is a rainbow-like spot in a cirrus cloud. Light shining through ice crystals in the cloud makes a sundog, much like light shining through raindrops makes a rainbow. 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.

This sundog wasn’t very bright so I added a grad filter in LR3 to compensate for my lack of a filter when taking the shot.

John’s Bay beach, Port Conclusion, Baranof Island, SE Alaska
September 21, 2010
D90 Nikon 18-200mm Lens
90mm 1/640 f/10 ISO 320

Photography has opened my eyes to boundless visions of nature. It gives my little meanderings meaning with opportunities for learning, expression, challenge, and sharing.

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  • Brian Dodd
    Brian Doddover 4 years ago

    Great capture, we get them when it is really cold in the winter.

  • Sandy Keeton
    Sandy Keetonover 4 years ago

    Very cool DJ, I’ve never seen one, well till now:)

  • mssunshine
    mssunshineover 4 years ago

    Beautiful. Great capture.

  • Heloisa Castro
    Heloisa Castroover 4 years ago

    Great capture

  • JanT
    JanTover 4 years ago

    Lovely sundog, DJ!

  • mssunshine
    mssunshineabout 4 years ago

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