Life in a cabin on a mountain in southern Pennsylvania
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Sun pillar at sunrise
This morning brought no new snow, which is almost a rarity this week. The morning also brought something else unexpected—a sun pillar. Sometime in the past I know I posted another photo of a sun plilar, but I can’t find it at the moment or I’d include the link to it.
This morning I also find myself indecisive. I can’t decide which photo I like the best, so rather than pick just one I’ll post all three of the ones I liked best.
Sun pillars are also called light pillars. They can be above or below the sun and are longest and brightest at sunrise and sunset. They are caused by ice crystals and aren’t vertical rays of the sun at all. Moon pillars are also possible, though I find them even less common than sun pillars. And as I’m not very good with nighttime photography, I’ve never gotten a photo of one of those.
I live in a cabin in the forests of Pennsylvania. I write about what I see and do in the natural world around me. I've been a hawkwatcher for more than 20 years, a birder for longer than that, and a crayfish-catcher since I was a polywog.