Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. Thomas Merton

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Sundog Sequence

We spotted a sundog while driving home from Scottsboro the other day (2/26/10). It was late in the afternoon and the sun was setting. I'd told my son to be on the lookout and, luckily, one was spotted. It started out as just a small bright spot, but as the sun got lower in the sky, the sundog became larger and the colors more intense. Finally, the sun became too low in the sky and the sundog faded. We had the camera with us, so my son did photographic duty while I drove.

Here you see the setting sun to the far right and the sundog at the far left.

In a short time, it had increased in size and intensity.

My son zoomed in and got a little better shot of the colors.

After a short time the colors began to fade.

Zooming in for a last look a little closer, you can see how much the colors have faded and the sundog has stretched out.

It was a real treat for the end of the day.


  1. That was a real treat, lovely colors of the sundog. This is a rare thing to see and your son did a great job of zooming in on it too. Smile today. :)

  2. So that is what that is called. That is awesome!! I've seen one before, I didn't realize it was a sun dog. Way cool.

  3. I tagged your blog on mine and I'm having a contest.

  4. I saw a sun dog today,I'll be posting on it soon. It was awesome and only lasted a few minutes.

  5. Yay! Daisymum--for spotting a sundog! Aren't they cool? Just be sure to protect your eyes.