Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A Parhelion

Just a fancy way of saying a sundog. The sun has started to peek above the horizon and with the sun shinning through the floating ice crystals it makes for a nice display of atmospheric optics. I know the sundogs are called parhelion or parhelia for plural and the dove shaped burst at the top of the 22deg halo is an upper tangent arc. I don't know the name of the outer halo arc. This is the fist time I've ever seen it. If you know the name of it please let me know and I will acknowledge you on the blog.

You can see the outer arc in this panoramic. It was very dim and I didn't notice it until I had my goggles on.
I should have straightened this photo. It shows a sun pillar coming up from the top of nipple mountain. Yes I meant to do it. :o)

A closer look at the sundog.

10 comments:

MOM said...

Wow! Wow, Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just an awsum photo, you should enter it in a photo contest.

jen said...

Fantastic Matt! Just gorgeous!

Tina said...

Those are beautiful. I love the sunbeam nipple picture. :)

Anonymous said...

Wow Dad thats awsome

Anonymous said...

Hello Matthew and Michele

John here from London (Sparta)Ontario, coming your way (Cape dorset) middle of Feb, joining the North West Co as an MIT.
Thanks for your blogg, it has help me prepare
J.

Matthew and Michele said...

Thanks John we're glad you stopped by to have a look at our blog. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask and you will probably see my or my wife at the airport when you come in. It's always an event.

Anonymous said...

Matthew, let me know if I can bring someting up, I can always make room if it's not too big
J.

bea3855 said...

Hei again...
so special pix ~ thanx for sharing!
Hugs from Europe
Beatrice

Shelley said...

amazing photos :)
(reminds me of a mandelbrot set)

Aida said...

wow, that is awesome..ditto you should enter that in a photo contest