One October Evening

Late yesterday afternoon (early evening), Motor Man and I started out on an errand. And something in the sky caught my eye.

As a mother, I love it when my child teaches me something. A few years ago, Marshall taught me about sun dogs, and I shared that newly learned information in this post. Here’s a scientific explanation: Sun dogs are a member of a large family of halos, created by light interacting with ice crystals in the atmosphere.  My personal description is that it looks like a little prism in the sky.

We actually saw two sun dogs yesterday. This was the first, located to the right of the sun. I didn’t have my regular camera with me at the time, so this was taken with my cell phone.

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We went back to get my camera, and by then, the sky looked quite different. And the sun dog was even more vivid.

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A few miles later, we spotted a second sun dog – this one to the left of the sun.

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Of course, I immediately texted the first picture to Marshall.  After his “Awesome!!” reply, he also texted that, whenever there’s a sun dog, there’s always one to either side of the sun, one above it and one below it, the latter of which is blocked by the earth. (Marshall’s always had an interest in science, astronomy, etc.)

By then, Motor Man and I were passing the old (abandoned) Jordan House, which I’ve shared photos of here before.

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Our errand took us across the James River Bridge to Newport News. This picture was taken as we passed Newport News Shipbuilding and a nearby marina.

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 (Lesson learned, ALWAYS take the camera. If not, you will definitely see something photo worthy. I believe it’s some unwritten law.)

~These Days Of Mine~

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14 responses to “One October Evening

  1. Beautiful, beautiful pictures!! There was a whole discussion on Facebook about sun dogs when I got home from Richmond last night. I was at a stop light, looked up and saw a gorgeous sun dog in the sky and tried to take a picture. Unlike my lovely rural neighbors that just shrug and drive around me, there was honking and fury, and to be fair, they couldn’t drive around…..But what a beauty of mother nature and interesting it was appreciated by so many!

  2. What gorgeous pictures. I think the Fall skies are some of my favorite – except maybe Winter night skies. Oh My Goodness!!!! LOVE the sundogs – something Dad and I used to share together:)

  3. Gorgeous photos. I agree. It’s such good fun when our kids teaches us stuff.
    When we were taking our Grandson home Monday evening there was an amazing sundog in the setting sun. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera on hand either. I tried to take a photo of it with our mobile phone, but you know how that goes.
    Like you said, always take your camera with you… 🙂

  4. Kurt and I saw that sundog walking the Windsor Castle Trails. I called it a rainbow refraction, but a friend educated me on sundogs so now I, too, know, Dianna! 🌈

  5. Beautiful! We were always told sundogs meant that rain would be coming soon, but haven’t seen it happen every time.
    Thanks for leaving a comment for me. I’ve been a bit lazy about blogging .

  6. I don’t go anywhere without my camera!

  7. Simply gorgeous photos of those sun dogs! You would think we would learn to just always have the camera with us but I do the same thing and several times have kicked myself for not having it along. My cell doesn’t take the greatest pictures. 😦

  8. Sun dogs are cool! We hardly ever see them here in our bit of country. I don’t know if it is because we aren’t observant, if we are too socked in by trees, not out at the right times, or they just don’t happen much here. Enjoyed your sun dog!!!

  9. They’re one of those things that can go unnoticed!
    You got some great pics of them, though … It looks like the sky was putting on a show all through the night !

  10. I relate to your thoughts about always taking the camera. I hate it when I don’t have mine with me!!! Absolutely gorgeous shots!

  11. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Sun dogs are beautiful and very interesting! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Beautiful photos…..I’m familiar with virga which was something David explained to me when I first started flying with him. Ice crystals with beautiful formations but I’d not heard the term sun dogs before…..apparently that effect has been noted by scholars for AGES as I read at this site this morning http://www.livescience.com/26402-sundogs.html

    Thanks for sharing the photos…..really beautiful!!

    Pam

  13. Great capture of the sun dog. I was driving home, and the sun was really bright in the west as it was heading toward sunset–that’s when I saw one sun dog–to the right of the sun. It was so bright! Yep, thankful to have the cell phone–and a red light, too!

  14. Nice job catching those sun dogs!

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