sundogs

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

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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

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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.

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    • 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.

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  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.

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    • 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.

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  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. 🙂

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    • 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.

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    • 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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