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Sundogs everywhere!

A weather phenomenon I’d forgotten about is the sun dog.

Prevalent in my Saskatchewan prairie home, my experience has been you don’t see them unless the weather is brutally cold (and dry).  And the sun is low …

Here’s part of one, taken on my cell phone one frigid morning  (hey, I was sitting in traffic, might as well snap a picture).

one MI morning on my way to work

a MI sun dog … on my way to work

Here’s another, taken by my niece on her way to town, traveling a road I’d ventured on many-a-time:

a Saskatchewan sun dog

a Saskatchewan sun dog

See the distinct rainbow-looking light off to the side?  That’s the niftiest part, the unexpected part, the sun’s so bright I might need shades part.  🙂

Bundle up, peeps, it’s cold outside.

And remember to watch for sun dogs!

Hubbs is heading to FL for meetings this morning; sure hope he doesn’t get stranded along the way.

As for me, here’s my being stranded wish:

True that! google.images

True that! google.images

Where would you like to be stranded?

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27 thoughts on “Sundogs everywhere!

  1. I wasn’t familiar with sun dogs, until my son Marshall spotted one when we were together one day. They are amazing!
    We’re all bundled up and waiting for them storm!
    Have a good day, MJ. Thanks for sharing your sun dog photos!

    • They’re beautiful – and something else to appreciate up in the sky 🙂 Hope you weathered the big storm ok, Dianna!
      MJ

      • We’re fine! But all this snow is a bit unusual for us. And it’s 9 (NINE) degrees here this morning! BRRRRRRRR!

  2. Wow, the one with the rainbow prism to the right is perfect! I must say it was you who gave a name to an early sunset photo I took around 5:00 in the afternoon…no, not a sunset but an almost white sun with a rainbow to the left. You named it a “sundog” and now I know. Thank you for bringing yours from your neck of the woods.

  3. Interesting. I’ve never seen a sun dog before. And if I were to be stranded, I’d LOVE it be at a bookstore–at the Strand, specifically, would be awesome!

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy

    • They’re all around lately, I’ve seen at least 12 in the past 2 weeks -but it’s been bitterly cold and, for some reason, that helps. Stranded at a bookstore – with a coffee/bakery, would be just fine with me 🙂
      MJ

  4. A bookstore with a Starbucks would work for me. It they had a fireplace I would move in.

  5. I saw one two days ago, but I didn’t know what it was. I had never seen one before, so I just took some time to appreciate as a special gift. Thanks for enlightening me.

    • Neat! Enjoy – from my experience, they’re not often seen here in MI, it’s not usually the right setting – so I’ve been counting them of late and that’s been great fun 🙂 Cheers! MJ

  6. Nothing better than a cold and sunny day! I love those days in winter. When we lived in Colorado, the day after a big snow storm was always beautiful…the sun so bright it was blinding on the snow. I never heard the term “sun dog” but I’ve enjoyed the sight of them many times. Now I’ll know what to call them! Hope you’re staying warm! ~ Sheila

    • I agree; the sun on the snow is nearly blinding but I’ll take it 🙂 Enjoy looking for sun dogs, now you know what they’re called – Cheers! MJ

  7. I’ve been too busy being cranky in morning traffic to notice sundogs. I promise, tomorrow I will forget about other drivers and try to appreciate my surroundings beyond the freeway!

  8. Yes!! to the bookstore with coffee or tea.

  9. We have also had several days of sun dogs here in Iowa of late. And I too vote to be stranded in a bookstore with Starbucks (french roast if you please)

    • I always think of you, DM, when I see French Roast on the list of coffees to choose from. Just bought some more coffee for my Keurig, and that was one of the choices (I picked a hearty breakfast blend … yummy)
      MJ

  10. Maybe Oprah’s house. She’d have a chef there and all that.

  11. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a sundog, or if I did, I didn’t know what I was seeing. Hope your hubby’s trip goes well. We’ve had snow since about 4:00 p.m., and it is expected to leave 6-12″ around our area. This is not something we see often.

    • And now you know 🙂
      Nope, he connected through ATL, was supposed to be in FL by 5:30 Tues, he arrived around 1:30am – it was touch and go if they’d even leave ATL, AND, by that time, there were no hotels left. He’d have been sleeping in the airport. He was grateful to get there, but it was one long day for the non-flying-loving Virgo.

      Hope you weathered that snow well 🙂 Cheers! MJ

  12. cooper

    Thank you. I always thought sun dogs were the prisms created in the sky on either side of the sun but I see it’s more dramatic than that. kewl.

    Sun dogs fire on the horizon
    Meteor rain stars across the night
    This moment may be brief
    But it can be so bright

    Reflected in another source of light
    When the moment dies
    The spark still flies
    Reflected in another pair of eyes

    Neil Peart – Rush

    • Rush – one of the greatest vocal bands – ever. I read “Rush” and immediately “Tom Sawyer” plays in my head. And now you know what a Sun dog is – and then some 🙂 Cheers to you, stay warm Coop! MJ

  13. I’d never heard of a sundog before. Amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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