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05-09-2010, 06:32 PM
I went to Idaho Falls yesterday and took these photos from a moving car while crossing the Arco Desert.
Frankly I have never viewed a sun dog this big.

It is so rare that I'm putting it up for a reference for anyone to use.


05-09-2010, 09:25 PM
Fantastic images EB. I have never heard the term 'sun dog' before, or seen one. Thank you for posting such beautiful images

05-09-2010, 09:39 PM
Wow what beautiful pictures, just goes to show how wonderful nature is. Thanks so much for sharing EB and thanks for the offer of the use of them:)

05-09-2010, 11:41 PM
These are great EB I have never seen one of those before So I thank you very much for sharing them.Nature is a glorious thing to see:):)

05-10-2010, 12:16 AM
Equally as rare is an upside down rainbow; I created the following from a picture which was taken of the phenomena.

05-10-2010, 07:04 AM
Thank you all


Sun dog

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A sun dog or sundog (scientific name parhelion, plural parhelia, from Greek parēlion, (παρήλιον), παρά(beside) + ήλιος(sun), "beside the sun"; also called a mock sun) is an atmospheric phenomenon (http://www2.ambientdesign.com/wiki/Atmospheric_phenomenon) that creates bright spots of light in the sky, often on a luminous ring or halo (http://www2.ambientdesign.com/wiki/Halo_%28optical_phenomenon%29) on either side of the sun (http://www2.ambientdesign.com/wiki/Sun).[1] (http://www2.ambientdesign.com/forums/#cite_note-0) (formed by ice crystals)
Sundogs may appear as a colored patch of light to the left or right of the sun, 22 distant and at the same distance above the horizon as the sun, and in ice halos. They can be seen anywhere in the world during any season, but they are not always obvious or bright. Sundogs are best seen and are most conspicuous when the sun is low.

120 parhelion

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A 120 parhelion (plural: 120 parhelia) is a relatively rare halo (http://www2.ambientdesign.com/wiki/Halo_%28optical_phenomenon%29), an optical phenomenon (http://www2.ambientdesign.com/wiki/Optical_phenomenon) occasionally appearing along with very bright sun dogs (http://www2.ambientdesign.com/wiki/Sun_dog) (also called parhelia) as ice crystal (http://www2.ambientdesign.com/wiki/Ice_crystal)-saturated cirrus clouds (http://www2.ambientdesign.com/wiki/Cirrus_cloud) fill the atmosphere. The 120 parhelia are named for appearing in pair on the parhelic circle (http://www2.ambientdesign.com/wiki/Parhelic_circle) 120 from the sun.[1] (http://www2.ambientdesign.com/forums/#cite_note-paraselene-0)
120 parhelia appears as white-bluish bright spots on the white parhelic circle and are the product of at least two interior reflections in the hexagonal (http://www2.ambientdesign.com/wiki/Hexagon) ice crystals. Their colour together with them being rather obscure can make observing them difficult as they tend to fuse with the clouds in the sky.[2] (http://www2.ambientdesign.com/forums/#cite_note-atoptics-120-parhelia-1)

05-10-2010, 12:11 PM
Interesting and beautiful Earle. Thanks for sharing this with us.:)

05-11-2010, 01:49 PM
Thank you Alexandra

I submitted it to the local news too and showed it.
They have a spot for submitter photos and stories.

05-11-2010, 04:41 PM
Beautiful sky, EB... really unusual...:)

05-12-2010, 07:19 AM
Thank you AT-TA

05-12-2010, 05:12 PM
Really wild sky, i'd not heard of Sun Dogs before now either.... I would have thought it was photoshopped in :):)

05-12-2010, 07:41 PM
Here are two more they are a good deal smaller
the third pic I enlarged the second one.