Exploring Fabius Township and St. Joseph County, Michigan, with side trips all over this Great Lakes state
Friday, December 2, 2011
Once a sundog....
Until I had my camera in hand, there was a sundog in the middle of this cloud fragment. Yesterday was only the second time I have seen a sundog and the first was also afternoon of a cold day. I think of them as miniature rainbows, perhaps a better description would be a section of a rainbow. The sundog, or parhelion, is ice crystals reflecting the sun.
I recommend these Wikipedia articles: Sundog and Atmospheric Optics. And for a great novel, please read Jim Harrison's Sundog