A sunrise takeoff lead to a perfect view of these sundogs. Sundogs are caused by the refraction of light through ice crystals; essentially, they are ice particle reflections.
Sundogs only occur in rather cold temperatures; these are the result of -27C (-17F).
Greetings from the cold but spectacular north. 🙂
As Penny requested, I am re-posting this photo for the solstice. Happy December 21. 🙂 Please visit her site: http://icelandpenny.com/2021/12/15/300-metres/
13 thoughts on “Runway Sundogs”
A pretty but frosty scene Lynette. Thanks for sharing. Happy Tuesday. Allan
It is very frosty right now, but sunny and clear. Dressing warmly is the order of the day!
Thank you very much. 🙂
That’s a great photo, Lynette! You seized the moment with your camera.
Thank you! This one is the result of an iPhone which takes decent pictures at times. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such perfect sundog formations.
Timing is everything.
Great shot. Just wonderful. I love sun dogs. Fortunately, the surface temperature doesn’t have to be that cold … just the upper atmosphere where the ice crystals form. So I’ve been able to see them pretty often down here in Washington State.
Thank you very much. Given how low the sun is at this time of year, the surface temperature does come into play, but yes, in more southern areas, you only need cold air aloft. And a clear sunny day of course. 🙂
oh-oh-ohhh,,. show us this one again on the Solstice!
I can definitely re-post on December 21!
I’ve never seen a sundog before, but it looks beautiful. Stay warm out there!
Thank you; I will! I have never seen sundogs in the east. They require cold temperatures and a windless, clear, unobstructed sky so that you can get a good view. I’ve frequently seen them on the prairies.