Sun Dogs and a Sun Pillar

December 3, 2010 at 7:53 pm (Big Bend National Park, Big Bend National Park TX, National Parks, Nature, Photography, TX)

Sun Dog on Right of Sun
 A pair of sun dogs flanked the setting sun this evening, formed by ice crystals in the cirrus clouds.
I photographed this from the Persimmon Gap Entrance Station where I work, just as I was closing up.   This shows the panorama of their relationship to the sun.
Sun Dog to left of sun
 The red color of each sun dog faces the sun.
Sun Pillar behind the Corazones at sunset
 A half hour later, a sun pillar decorated the orange clouds of sunset behind the Corazones.
For the technical scoop on this atmospheric phenomenon:

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