Sundogs, also known as mock suns or “parhelia”, are a pair of brightly colored spots, one on either side of the sun.


Almost as good as a rainbow, though perhaps not quite…

Still, what I want in my life
is to be willing
to be dazzled—
to cast aside the weight of facts

and maybe even
to float a little
above this difficult world. 
Mary Oliver


38 thoughts on “sundogs

  1. Love the photos, but the quote really caps it off. I need to remember it and the fact that I need drive only a few blocks to a high point where I can be dazzled any day.


    • Amazing clouds they certainly are. We’ve been having some good ones lately. I seem to go back to certain favorite writers for the truly good words… Mary Oliver is right up there at the top.


  2. So very nice…pretty….beautiful images. And wonderful Mary Oliver,too. I checked-out five of her books about a month ago…and still have her words going round in my head.


    • There’s usually one on each side of the setting sun (at least on the West Coast), at about the same level above the horizon as the sun. I couldn’t get a shot to show both of them because the sun was too bright to include in this particular shot. They have something to do with ice crystals in the atmosphere.


  3. I’d never heard of sundogs before. Thanks for enlightening me and sharing their beauty. The Mary Oliver poem is lovely too. Brightened up my day. 🙂


    • Mary Oliver is a favorite of mine. I’ve learned so much by snatching these shots of the sky and then coming home to learn about them. As usual I’m more than happy to share.

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    • It’s been fun getting to take these lovely walks lately. Pretty soon summer will move in and bring the wind from the north making these walks colder with a touch of sandblasting.


    • They are fun for sure. Wish I’d thought of zooming out to catch the one on the other side, but then the sun likely would have blown everything out altogether.


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