Monday, December 10, 2012

Sun Dogs

A   L   O   H   A  !

Rainbow  Ladder

“ Man, Sub-creator, 
the refracted light
through whom is splintered 
from a single White
to many hues, 
and endlessly combined
in living shapes 
that move 
from mind to mind. ”

 J.R.R. Tolkien

That vertical 'rainbow' is called a
 'Sun Dog'
 or Parhelion. 
They appear when light rays
 pass through high cirrus clouds
containing horizontal hexagonal ice crystals.

The ice crystals in the clouds act as prisms.
[ Science specifics  HERE ]

I shot this Sun Dog over the Pacific
 from Waikiki.
This was the first time I've noticed one!

It appeared two afternoons in a row.

Perhaps I shan't see another
for many years
when conditions are again


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                Warmly, cloudia 

This fellow got REALLY lucky!
 Definitely worth 2 minutes of your time:


Anupama K. Mazumder said...

Those are lovely shots.. and in our busy lives, we rarely have time to look up at the sky. Good that you captured them.

Joop Zand said...

FANTASTIC pictures with lovely color..... good work Cloudia.

greetings from Holland, Joop

The Weaver of Grass said...

I have never seen a sun dog Cloudia but shall now look out for one.

bea's blog said...

Could need some sun here, too....just a bit. It is wet and cold here, what makes all quite miserable. It snows and the roads are icy. Hard to drive.
Winter in Germany is a big defiance; never really Winterwonderland.....

Brian Miller said...

oh know i dont know that i have ever seen one....very cool!

aloha from va

Teresa said...

Super cool. I never knew about sun dogs.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Oh wow, I had no idea what a sun dog was And how fantastic it would be to see one (or two), super video Cloudia, I love that blogging shows you new surprises every day.

Lori Skoog said...

I have never seen such a thing! Thanks for sharing with us. Amazing.

Bananazஇ said...

Wow love the pixz & video, learned about sun dog today never heard about or seen before. tQ

Daryl said...

thats two more than i have ever seen

Anonymous said...

New "breed" for me! WOW! Sun dogs frolicking and rolling around, and sitting up. I prefer the warm Waikiki one to the cold sled-Sun dog. Mahalo for walkin' the dog. I think Tolkien was a tall menehune. DrumMajor

Charles Gramlich said...

I always love to see sun dogs. Not sure why. Maybe it is just kind of like an alien scene or something.

TexWisGirl said...

i used to see sun dogs a lot in wisconsin - pretty rare here in texas, too.

that video is really cool! talk about what would have been considered an omen in olden times!

Karen S. said...

Oh my Cloudia how amazing! Enjoy your sun-dogs- and think of me- playing with my snow-dogs! Take care, Karen

Anonymous said...

Oh, what lovely sun dog shots!

Giga said...

Warto było poświęcić 2 minuty, zjawisko niesamowite. Pozdrawiam.
It was given to two minutes, an amazing phenomenon. Yours.


Wow, beautiful captures and I did not know about sundogs until now! Love the excitement in the man's voice in the video.

Milandailyphoto said...

lovely post,see you...

Linnea said...

That's an awesome sky! Your sky is never the same! Not like here in sky almost every day...boring! Enjoy the week!

Hilary said...

This is the time of year that I see them around here but I only noticed them for the first time about five years ago. It never occurred to me that they'd also be in your warm climate. They're cool, eh? Lovely shots.

The Elephant's Child said...

Thank you for sharing both the beauty you found and the video. Both stunning.