Thursday, February 5, 2015

Sun PIllar

While staying at the lodge, the second evening we had a beautiful sunset featuring a strong sun pillar, a vertical shaft of light rising up from the sun.  I've seen pictures of stronger examples, but this is one of the best I've ever seen personally.  It's caused by millions of tiny floating ice crystals in the atmosphere.

At first there really wasn't much colour to it.

But as it progressed, the pillar got brighter, and a faint hint of orange and pink started showing.

This is the view from the front porch of our cabin.

As sunset progressed, the small clouds drifting across the sky towards us started turning pink, along with a more colourful sun pillar.

Until we ended up with an interesting sunset of pink clouds and orange sun pillar.  Meanwhile, it was approaching -30°C outside, so I headed for the warm fire!

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20 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos! Amazing colours

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  2. Stunning! I don't think I've ever seen one, and certainly nothing like this! Thank you for sharing it. Our beautiful world continues to amaze me. :-)

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  3. Lovely scenery and photos ! I have seen and captured a few last year . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  4. BEautiful... my favorite is the one with the tree silhouette.

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  5. Stunning - loved the progression. I've never seen one - yet.

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  6. I've never seen one of those. How cool that you got a picture of it.

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  7. I captured one of these at sunrise in January. They are neat to see. Thanks for standing out in the cold for this photos. They are beautiful

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  8. That's really cool! Glad you captured it with your camera.

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  9. Oh my, that is so stunning, and congrats on those shots! Think you for sharing with us.

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  10. Really unusual and beautiful!! Never seen a sun pillar!

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  11. Gorgeous Sun PIllar. I have never seen one ---or at least, never knew what it was IF I saw it. As much as I love sunrises and sunsets, I'll have to start looking for one of these sometime. I have seen a Sun Dog... Seen one of them?

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  12. nice selection of photos of this sun pillar and interesting posting!

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  13. Glorious! You were lucky to witness this relatively rare phenomenon. I've seen it only once in my long lifetime. Great photos!

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  14. Nice! I've never seen one so white.

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