its a “sundog”…

had to drive to Huntsville last night, approximately an hour and 15 min. drive and the sky was so unusual…it couldn’t seem to make up its mind what it wanted to do, from one mile/kilometer to the next…anyone who visits knows I love clouds…I captured over 300 shots from my moving vehicle last night, some I’ll post but most I’ll delete…certainly worth effort to have a few!

on the way there…before the skies broke into the shot below…huntsville.drive.aug.17.2013this was on the way there…not sure what that colored section was all about as the sun wasn’t even remotely close by? It rather looks like part of a rainbow, but that is all there was to it and it was only in a specific area during the drive?  NOTE:  a visitor to my blog explained to me the mini rainbow is called a “sundog”…they are formed when the sun is low on the horizon, either to the left or right of the sun…here is a good explanation…http://weather.thefuntimesguide.com/2009/11/sun_dog.php

colour.aug.11.2013on the return trip as the sun was setting…pink.clouds.aug.11.2013

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14 responses

  1. Beautiful photos! I love sunrises and sunsets as well. The mini rainbow in the second picture is called a sundog. It is displayed at certain angles of the sun usually when the sun is low and either to the left or right of the sun.

    August 12, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    • thanks Terence…I’ve never heard of a sundog, nor have I ever seen one before, it was awesome, very prettyl! when I saw it the sun was definitly low and to the right of the sundog but definitly not close, which is why I wondered what it was…thanks for the info…I googled it to see what else I could learn!

      August 13, 2013 at 3:52 am

  2. You should rename your site drive by photography 🙂

    August 13, 2013 at 12:44 am

    • lol…good idea…I’ve not had time to get out and do “normal” photos…having said that it is fun to see what I can come up with this way… 🙂

      August 13, 2013 at 3:39 am

  3. Lovely!

    August 13, 2013 at 3:20 am

  4. Great captures Heather. Nice job getting the clouds and rainbow.

    August 14, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    • thank you Mark…I’m fascinated with clouds and to have the “sundog” visible was a plus for me!

      August 14, 2013 at 11:48 pm

  5. Hi Heather, I just found out how to get to your blog now. 🙂
    Great and nice shots! Thank you

    August 15, 2013 at 10:17 am

    • good to know…I’m still a bit concerned about the warning, but I’m not sure what to do about it? thank you for your nice words Muhammad!

      August 15, 2013 at 1:01 pm

  6. LB

    It’s so hard not to photograph clouds … nice shots!

    August 15, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    • lol…I agree, I’ve more than my fair share of cloud photos!

      August 16, 2013 at 1:43 am

  7. I love that first photograph. It’s gorgeous.

    August 26, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    • thanks Bill…moody clouds are a favorite of mine, as I’m sure you have noticed!

      August 27, 2013 at 1:54 pm

  8. Lovely photos, Heather. Interesting about the sundog. 🙂

    September 9, 2013 at 11:28 pm

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