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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.
More information here…. https://www.atoptics.co.uk/fz899.htm
A remarkable shot, Tom.
This is the first example of sun dust and sun pillar that I have seen. What a sight this must have been for you to have captured this and share with us.
This is a stunning photo, Peter, with the clear blue sky and the almost mysterious clouds that look more like boulders in a fast moving stream.
Well said, Ginnie. I fully agree with your appreciative comment. Lovely photo and something to marvel at “real time”.
More information here http://www.atoptics.co.uk/fz188.htm
Great shot and cool link. But wait! Is that a field of Mullein, and two reindeer?
Great shot and cool link. But wait! Is that a field of Mullein and two reindeer?
Thanks very much indeed for the link you kindly provided in relation to the photo portrayed which gives, for the likes of me, detailed information about this cloud type of unusual phenenomenon – something I’ve not known about it till now – one of the many things I learnt about from the CAS and its members, thanks be!
Thanks to you, Ron, for this photo from which I’ve learnt something new. Good man!
The difference between a subsun and sundog seems to be a technicality. Optically, both are ‘subsuns,’ and metaphorically, both are ‘sundogs.’ At least that’s what I’ll tell myself, since I’ve named this one “The Dancing Sundog”! (See the video by that name on Youtube.) And yes–the vegetation is mullein and the animals are two mule deer.
PS, website administrator: as you can see by my inadvertent ‘anonymous’ submission and the one by Andrew Kirk, the submission guidelines are unclear!
Beautiful, incredible phenomena and with two deer at the same time! Excellent composition – great picture!
Never seen even a picture of this before – wonderful image! And Ian – thanks for the link.
Beautiful photo, but boy! ….. does’nt that look COLD!
Views like this make even me enjoy flying…
Ah, I knew I could depend on you, Beate :-) I was hoping for at least some comments on this one. As Ian pointed out when I sent it in, the subparhelion is a rare beast indeed and this particular flight was absolutely loaded with halo goodness.
But what’s wrong with flying? ‘Tis a wondrous thing.
Just as an aide memoire to myself, I saw the subparhelion again on Sunday February 12, en-route between Amsterdam and Bologna. It was associated with a fallstreak hole in an otherwise rather continuous cloud deck below the airplane. The hole must have been filled with ice crystals, because as there was a subparhelion in it first, then an extremely bright subsun, and then a subparhelion on the other side of the sun, all as we flew past it.
Unfortunately, no camera with me on this occasion, so … :-(
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SWEET!!!!!!!! LOVE IT!!! FABU CAPTURE!!!!!!
just which planet are we on – with all those ‘suns’? – great capture
Absolutely Amazing, for just the perfect capture!