Sundog spotted over Halsall Moss on 28 October 2015

sun dog
By Pat Regan

I was lucky enough to get a brief chance to photograph this one at the local canal.

A sun dog or sundog (also called a parhelion, plural parhelia, for “beside the sun” or mock sun) is a specific type of ice halo. It is a coloured area of light to the side of the sun.

sun dog 2Sundogs can be seen anywhere in the world during any season.

In Europe or USA they might be seen 1-2 times per week, but they are not always discernibly intense. However, this one was a real little beauty.

canalAutumn leaves and reflections on the water close to where the latest sundog was witnessed.

More sundogs at play…

16 September 2015

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