|What is that on the horizon?
No, it's not an
battling distant Earthlings, but rather a sun pillar.
When driving across
Canada in early June, the photographer was surprised to encounter such an "eerie and beautiful" vista, and immediately took pictures.
When atmospheric air is cold, ice sometimes forms flat six-sided
crystals as it falls from
then causes these crystals to
lie nearly flat much of the time as they flutter to the ground.
If viewed toward a
rising or setting Sun, these
flat crystals will reflect sunlight and create an unusual column of light -- a
as seen above.
Such columns of light are not uncommon to see, and a retrospective of
that have featured picturesque sun pillars can be found
Credit & Copyright:
(Peterborough Astronomical Association)