I took this from the side of a road that leads to a lake near where I live in Amherst, Virginia, USA. I had already caught quite a few nice shots at my house, and just couldn’t get enough. So I jumped in the car and raced over to that road. Out here in the foothills of the mountains, you can still catch the sun setting in certain spots, even after it has gone down in others. I was so happy I went. This Sundog reminds me of fireworks, and the clouds remind me of waves. It was one wild night in the sky. Something like I had never seen before…or since.
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Sun Dog – scientific name – parhelion, plural parhelia – for beside the sun. It is an atmospheric optical phenomenon primarily associated with the reflection or refraction of sunlight by small ice crystals making up cirrus or cirrostratus clouds. When sunlight passes through the sides of a flat crystal, both the angle of the sunrays and the orientation of the crystals affects the shape and color of the sun dogs. Misaligned or wobbling crystals produce colorful and elongated sun dogs as shown in this image.

Spirits In The Sky was taken at my place the same night.

Comments

  • Nancy Stafford
    Nancy Staffordover 5 years ago

    I remeber this from the tpw.. it a beautiful image

  • Thanks Nancy! I was amazed by the sky that night.

    – Ginny York

  • MaeBelle
    MaeBelleover 5 years ago

    What an awesome shot,Jinney, God really does supply the most beautiful sights! :o)) Glad you captured and shared it.God Bless,Mae

  • Thanks so much Mae. I’m glad I was able to capture it and share it! smile

    – Ginny York

  • MaeBelle
    MaeBelleover 5 years ago

    Sorry I spelled your name wrong,whoops!!

  • LOL Don’t worry about it Mae. You aren’t the first one.

    – Ginny York

  • Ginny York
    Ginny Yorkover 5 years ago

  • FelicityB
    FelicityBover 5 years ago

    OMG this is stupendous! So lucky you could get to a camera – brilliant shot!!

  • There I go again…adding my reply in the comment area. LOL

    – Ginny York

  • Ginny York
    Ginny Yorkover 5 years ago

    Thanks so much Felicity!!! I was already taking shots of the sundog and sunset at my place when the sun started setting…so I took the camera in the car with me and reaced over to the spot where I knew the sun wouldn’t be quite set yet! This was about 5 minutes in the car from my place. I’m so glad you like it. Thanks for saving it in your favorites!

  • FelicityB
    FelicityBover 5 years ago

    You have got to put this one in Sunrises & Sunsets and Atmospheric Optics for starters!!

  • OK! I don’t know all the groups yet. Thanks Felicity!!!

    – Ginny York

  • FelicityB
    FelicityBover 5 years ago

    Oh and Nature’s Wonders too!

  • LOL…OK. Don’t forget…I have this darn dial up!!! hahaha

    – Ginny York

  • Tom Newman
    Tom Newmanover 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot Ginny superbly composed :-)

  • Thanks you so much Tom! This was an amazing sight to see. I’m so glad I was able to catch it.

    – Ginny York

  • Jonice
    Joniceover 5 years ago

    This is too cool! Jonice

  • Thanks Jonice!! I had to chase this one! Never saw the flashes that look like fireworks till I reached the lake road. So happy I chased this!

    – Ginny York

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