Dog and Pony Show

December 14, 2012

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Photographer: Greg Parker
Summary Authors: Greg Parker; Jim Foster 

A dazzling sundog or parhelion colors the western sky above New Forest, England, with an obliging and oblivious pony in the foreground. This dog and pony show took place a little before sundown. Sunlight shining through six-sided ice crystals in cirrus clouds (mares’ tails) formed the bright patch of light. Note that since the reddened portion of the sundog is to the left, the Sun must be also – with a primary rainbow, red is on the outside. The dog’s white tail points away from the Sun. Photo taken on November 29 at 03:30 p.m.