Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Sundog Dazzle

It was a spectacular morning in GriggsDakota.
 The day was windy, but not windy enough to reduce visibility.
 And it was cold outside with temperatures stuck below zero all day giving us a -40 degree windchill.
The combination of clear skies and icy temperatures resulted in the most spectacular sun dogs that I have seen in a long time. Scientifically referred to as a parhelion, they appear as a circular structure around the sun.
A sundog is like a winter rainbow, but the colors are usually less defined. They only appear in GriggsDakota when it is very cold and are often not a visible circle. 
Today the circle was complete. 
My fingers are stiff and freezing as I snap photos in the bitter wind.
I felt the promise of a rainbow on the coldest morning of the year.
 We have a bit of a mess on the ground this morning.
There is lots of snow to move before the soybeans can be hauled out. 
The sky brings inspiration to GriggsDakota.


  1. Those are BEAUTIFUL. We had sundogs in Nebraska yesterday, but not like that. Ours looked more like rainbows sticking out of the ground and then they disappeared. Our temperatures weren't as cold as yours though, so that probably made a difference. As I drove into work yesterday I was wishing I had my camera along to capture them because (from a distance) it looked as if the rainbow end was right where my office is. It was gorgeous, though still not as beautiful as your circles. I'm impressed to say the least.

  2. Wow. Thanks for freezing your fingers (almost) off to get these pictures. Amazing!

  3. awesome! i had forgotten those! thank you!