a photoblog of God's handiwork.

Diamond Dust in the Air

Its been a little chilly up here lately, 25-below zero Fahrenheit as I am writing up this post. Our high temperature today reached a balmy 13-below, so with weather that nice, I just had to find something to photograph! The cold weather created conditions ripe for the formation of sundogs, which result from refracted light hitting plate-shaped, hexagonal ice crystals that are sometimes called diamond dust. While the sundogs themselves were pretty evident, the overall phenomenon was not as pronounced as is sometimes the case.  Still, it was neat to see, and I’m glad to have a few images to share.

The setting sun is behind my thumb. You can see a sundog to the south (left) and north of the sun.

Using a different camera and lens combination, the following images show a larger version of each sundog.

The northern Sundog

The southern Sundog


4 responses

  1. Wow! These are neat, Papa!

    December 8, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    • Yep, it has been a number of years since I’ve seen them. I guess sundogs are a silver lining of putting up with the cold weather 🙂

      December 8, 2013 at 4:55 pm

  2. Kathy O.

    Awesome! They don’t call MT The Big Sky Country for nothing! 🙂

    December 8, 2013 at 12:11 pm

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