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Most interesting picture, Patrick!
Don’t often see this particular cloud phenomenon seen from 35,000 feet up in a plane. Looking carefully at the photo, it almost looks like the sun is reflecting off of a thin layer of see-through icecap, through which one can see mid-level mackerel-sky patterned Altocumulus cloud, similar to pack-ice on a vast ocean below.
From Rebecca Hill, Canberra, Australia
Thanks Rebecca. I fly a lot over the central US and this was the third time in the last 18 months that I was fortunate to spot a subsun and subsun sundog at altitude with a thin layer of cirrostratus at or just below the plane.
Further detail from Paul..
Here in Bluff, we have what’s become an annual tradition, local sculptor Joe Pachak builds a sculpture of cottonwood tree
branches and other natural materials, and like most of Joe’s sculptures, they’re patterned after images from ancient rock
This year, the sculpture is a coyote. The sculptures are then burned down on the night of the winter solstice. The Navajos
and Utes come and drum and chant. It’s all somewhat of a pagan ritual… Joe finished the sculpture yesterday and
I spent several hours shooting it last night. As if some bizarre omen, a lunar halo appeared above it and lasted about 45 minutes. Very strange indeed.
To provide some scale, the coyote is about 18 feet tall, and maybe 30 feet long, nose-to-tail.
Paul Martini, Bluff, Utah, USA.
Fantastic surrealistic picture Paul. Perfectly fit to illustrate some mysterious tale by Edgar Allen Poe. Wow!
Thank you Hans.
This lovely image was posted on the NASA APOD page on 6th June with a detailed and concise explanation as to how sun Pillars form.