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Sky Lights

People understand the value of taking the time to "stop and smell the roses", but how often do we think to stop and look up at the sky? Too often the beauty of the sunrise or sunset goes unnoticed, perhaps because we know they happen every day. And while we delight in the colours of a rainbow after a storm, not many people realize that prisms of colour can appear in the sky during certain times of day, under specific atmospheric conditions, too. Sun dogs, haloes, pillars and arcs occur more frequently than people realize, and are caused by tiny ice crystals in the atmosphere refracting and reflecting light. Such displays range from the familiar halo around the sun or moon to rare and breathtaking events when the whole sky is lit up by intricate coloured arcs.


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Parhelion (sun dog)
Parhelion (sun dog)
Parhelion (sun dog)
Parhelion (sun dog)
Parhelion (sun dog)
Parhelion (sun dog)
Parhelion (sun dog)
Parhelion (sun dog)
Morning Sun Dog
Morning Sun Dog
Sun pillar during a winter sunrise
Sun pillar during a winter sunrise
Sun pillar above the Rideau Canal
Sun pillar above the Rideau Canal
Sun pillar during a winter sunrise
Sun pillar during a winter sunrise
Evening Sun Pillar
Evening Sun Pillar
Morning Sunrise with Sun Pillar
Morning Sunrise with Sun Pillar
Circumhorizontal Arc
Circumhorizontal Arc
Circumhorizontal Arc
Circumhorizontal Arc
Circumhorizontal Arc
Circumhorizontal Arc
Circumhorizontal Arc
Circumhorizontal Arc
Circumhorizontal Arc
Circumhorizontal Arc
Circumhorizontal Arc
Circumhorizontal Arc
Circumhorizontal Arc
Circumhorizontal Arc
Circumhorizontal Arc
Circumhorizontal Arc
Circumhorizontal Arc
Circumhorizontal Arc
Ice Crystal Halos
Ice Crystal Halos
Ice Crystal Halos
Ice Crystal Halos
Sunset over the Marsh
Sunset over the Marsh
Sunset Sky
Sunset Sky
Sunset over Amherst Island
Sunset over Amherst Island
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