Okay..this is the scoop on the Sun Dogs. Sun Dogs usually show up in cold weather and when the sun is low on the horizon.
You can have sun dogs with halos or without.
This is without.
A sundog is a bright area on either side of the sun. They can look like mock suns, bright spots or little rainbows. They are caused by hexagonal shaped ice crystals high in the frigid air catching the light. When all the ice crystals are organized vertically and marching like soldiers through the air they make sundogs.
Can you see the halo now? Halos often called Ice Halos are caused by refraction of light off of ice crystals that are willy nilly and unorganized marchers..so the light is refracted in all directions from the sun.
These photos were taken out the car window yesterday January 25. Far Guy had an appointment and Chance and I rode shotgun.
Have you seen sun dogs before?
These dogs were the highlight of our day..other than the one next to us at the gas station where Chance rolled down his window and barked his head off at some fluffy little man eating dog:)