Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Ice Rainbows and Sun Dogs

While traveling to Ohio to visit with family

last weekend,

we saw an astonishing sight along I-70.

First we noticed the rainbow through the frosty morning fog.

Then, we noticed the prism of light, or Sun Dog,

in the pale, second rainbow.

At first I thought it was the sun in the upper right-hand

corner of the frame.

But no, that is a Sun Dog.

A Sun Dog is a parhelion, which means "besides the sun",

or "mock sun".

They are usually 22 degrees from the sun and are

formed in ice crystals and when the sun is low in the sky.

This was an extraordinary sight.

And just one more reason why one should always

travel with a camera.


Rosie Hawthorne said...

Excellent capture.

Rosie Hawthorne said...

So how's that family comin' along?

Marilyn said...

Thanks, Rosie.

The family is doing wonderfully and the grandson is growing like a weed. He is running around and talking more and more. He loves to give out hugs and smiles.