I know I have already done a post in the past about sundogs (although at the time I thought it was a rainbow), but I just had to post another photo because this one was taken with my iPhone 5s. It has been absolutely frigid here this week with temperatures as low as -30C, and that’s without windchill. As a result, I have had no desire to take any photos because you all know by now that I absolutely hate the cold!!
So, when I started down the highway to work yesterday and noticed this beautiful sundog straddling the highway, I didn’t have my DSLR with me. I know – shame on me!! I usually carry it with me everywhere. I did, however, have my iPhone 5s, so I thought I would brave the “freeze skin in seconds” temperatures and give my iPhone’s camera a try. I found out very quickly why I prefer the viewfinder on my Canon Rebel to the touchscreen of my iPhone. As you will see from the photo, the morning sun was incredibly bright, and holding up the iPhone in front of my face I realized I couldn’t see a damn thing on the screen. So, I just held it up where I thought a good capture would result and snapped this picture. This is straight out of the iPhone with no editing done at all, and I must say I’m pretty impressed by the outcome.
According to about.weather.com, “a sundog is produced by refraction of light through ice crystals. When the sun is near the horizon, a sundog appears as brightly colored spots on either side of the sun.” Have you ever heard of a sundog before?