Atmospheric Phenomenon

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, “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?


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40 Responses to Atmospheric Phenomenon

  1. Jeff Sinon says:

    Yes I have, and that is a beautiful “dog”

    • Thanks Jeff :). My hubby saw one on the way home today too, but I guess I missed it. It’s funny how I had never heard of them before in my life, and now we are seeing them quite regularly.

      • Jeff Sinon says:

        Ha, it’s just like buying a new car. You never really notice the brand/model until you buy one. Then you see them everywhere. The trick is to see one in the right setting when you have your camera with you. 🙂

      • The car analogy is an excellent one because that has happened to me more than once. I think I’ve learned my lesson now – I must never, ever leave my camera at home!!!

  2. unfetteredbs says:

    Wow. Super cool!

  3. Sayvan says:

    saw the one today as I was driving down the 401 heading home….. lasted for a very long time

  4. dorannrule says:

    Wow! I have never heard of or seen a sun dog Cindy. Your shot is phenomenal! 🙂

  5. krikitarts says:

    I’ve seen sundogs a few times, and compliments are due for your being able to witness and share this. Dare I venture to speculate that Frances has heard your request (and my approval) to borrow her talents ?

  6. bulldog says:

    Never heard of it, never seen one… and I would love to see it IF it wasn’t so darn cold… so will I ever see one..?? NO, too cold…

    • bulldog says:

      You can keep the dog we will have the sun

      • Sounds like you feel pretty much the same about cold weather as I do :). YUCK!! As I sit and eat my breakfast this morning, the weatherman is telling me that although the temperatures are starting to rise a bit, our weekend is going to be horrible with blowing snow and bad driving conditions. I guess we’ll be hibernating this weekend!

  7. Good job, Cindy. It almost looks like you hand-held a thin filter in front of your phone’s camera.

    Speaking of (sun)dogs, I watched a television program last night about coywolves, which have come into existence as the result of eastern wolves mating with western coyotes. That apparently first happened in Algonquin Park, Ontario, and now there are coywolves in many parts of northeastern North America, including Toronto. The website for the television program is:

  8. just from you – I am learning every day

  9. grahamatlinc says:

    ooooh, the big reset button in the sky. Nice picture though 😉

  10. Phil Lanoue says:

    That’s very cool! My friend the TV weather guy would love this as well.

  11. benzeknees says:

    I have seen sun dogs before because I live in a part of Canada where the temperature routinely goes to -30 degrees, but I have never seen one so close to the horizon! This is a beautiful shot Cindy! Sun dogs are supposed to predict even more cold weather to come unfortunately!

    • Well, the sun dog was correct because tonight it is freezing, and we are under a blowing snow warning. They are closing highways all around us. Good thing I went grocery shopping on the way home because I don’t think we’ll be going anywhere this weekend!

  12. Marius Constantin says:

    Outstanding photo!

  13. niki says:

    Beautiful 🙂 Never heard or seen one but looks amazing !

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