In the past few weeks, I’ve observed and photographed a few patches of light in the sky called sundogs.

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A sundog is created when ice crystals sink through the atmosphere and become vertically aligned, refracting the sunlight horizontally.  Their scientific name is parhelion from the Greek parēlion, meaning “beside the sun.”

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Sundog with sunset


Speculation is that they were called sundogs because they follow the sun like a dog follows its master.

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Sundog peeking through the clouds


This next one is amazing!  I have never seen one look like this.

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Amazing Sundog



Like a sunset, no two sundogs are alike.



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