Wednesday, February 8, 2006

SUN PILLERS

Ran across something in the astronomy photos that I've never heard of. Heck, there's a lot I've never heard of. Sun pillers are created when the rising or setting sun reflects off falling ice crystals in the atmosphere. This one was taken next to Lake Tahoe by an amateur photographer named James Kirkpatrick back in 2000. It's beautiful, I think. Especially since it's reflected in the smooth as glass lake.

And this one is also a sunset, but not quite so spectacular by photographer Stan Richard from 2001.

So enjoy. Nice change from the the politics

 

 

3 comments:

lisaram1955 said...

Gorgeous photos, especially the first one. Wish I was there, even if it isn't the Bahamas...  Lisa  :-]  

toonguykc said...

AWESOME!!  You have to wonder if legends and mythologies were inspired by sights like that in the Earth's very early days.

XO,
Russ

tenyearnap said...

Thanks for the photos. I'd never heard of sun pillars.