Saturday, January 8, 2011

Beautiful sun dog in field this crisp morning

Sun Dog, Nolalu, Ont., 2011
This was the scene in front of our home in Nolalu, ON just after sunrise this morning.

The "sun dog" appeared to be right in our neighbor's field.

Sun dogs are created from light that is refracted by ice crystals in the air. You usually see them on either side of the sun when it is high in the sky. I've never seen one that appeared to be nearly on the ground before.

It was quite snappy here this morning, -20 C or -5 F.
Northwestern Ontario is experiencing what most of us would call normal winter weather this year. In Nolalu we have about 18 inches of snow on the ground. Nightime temperatures have been around -20 C and daytime -10 C or so.
Most people here enjoy such winter weather. We like to cross-country ski, snowshoe, snowmobile, down-hill ski and go ice fishing.
You just need to dress for the season. People who do find the winter an exhilarating time of the year. People who don't scurry in their tight jeans and leather jackets from the house to the car and back and thumb through catalogs for Caribbean cruises!

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