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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A beautiful Sun Pillar appeared at sunset!

On Dec. 29th a beautiful Sun Pillar appeared just after the sun had set. It lasted long enough for me to find my camera (I ran right past it), go outside and snap a few photos. I'm thrilled to be able to share it with you.

A Sun Pillar occurs when light from the sun is reflected off thin ice crystal clouds high in the atmosphere in a spot or band pattern vertically above the setting sun,an amazing phenomenon.

I may not have photographed a green flash (yet!) but I'm happy to have photographed this Sun Pillar!


Anonymous said...

I photographed it, but didnt know what it was! thanks for enlightening us.

Jeanne Jackson said...

You are most welcome, Martin. I sent my photo to retired meteorologist, Ken Holmes, and he confirmed that is was a sun pillar. Hooray!

CLAIRE said...

Thank you for all your postings. Keeps me touch with the beautiful coast that I hated to leave.

Jeanne Jackson said...

You are most welcome, Claire! I miss seeing you around town. I am glad this blog keeps you connected.