Brilliant Sun Pillar
April 10, 2004
The photo above of a brilliant Sun pillar was taken near Omaha, Nebraska in early February of 2004. This pillar is very bright indeed, and the resulting overexposure has unevenly spread the image, making it appear somewhat distorted. Notice the comparatively faint extension of the pillar into the large cloud at the middle of the photo. Pillars are sometimes seen in front of low clouds when they're formed from floating 'diamond dust' ice crystals relatively close to the surface.
Photo details: Fuji s7000 camera, F8 1/160, Neutral Density (X4) and UV filters.