Thursday, February 6, 2014

Sun Dogs

One of two sun dogs seen late one January afternoon

Sun dogs look like fragments of rainbows, don't they? Both are created by light traveling through water or ice acting like prisms: rainbows when light passes through water droplets, sun dogs when light strikes ice crystals. 

Another view

Sun dogs often mean rain or snow will soon follow.

Random 5 Friday

1. It's not what you look at but what you see.
~Henry David Thoreau

2. For those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere, daylight hours are getting noticeably longer. Today, Toronto has 10 hours and 6 minutes. Whoo hoo! The darkest 1/4 of the year ( November 5 to February 5) is now behind us.

3. Last weekend, I bought some annual flower seeds. It's too early to plant them yet, but I like looking at the packages.

4. Most of the time I don't like to shop, but take me to a camera or art supply store and I feel like I'm in a magical mansion with secret doors yet to be opened.  So much to discover, to investigate, to play with, to imagine!

5. I read in my local paper that there's a home in my region that has sold for $40 million. I cannot help wondering if I had $40 million dollars if I would spend it on a home when a $35 million-dollar home should do me me just fine.  ;)

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65 comments:

Blackberry Lane said...

Lovely photos of the sun dogs. Wow, $40 million!!!

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Magical and mystical !

Revrunner said...

Or $34 million, if you really had to.

Stewart M said...

I get the feeling that in your part of the world a prediction of "rain or snow to follow" is a decent bet!

Nice pictures.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Jeanne said...

40 million is defintiely alot, but will tell you, I have been watching Downton Abbey on TV and there is an advertisement with an amazing black car... a Ralph Lauren Ad.... I LOVE THE CAR, and when I looked up the ad, I see that it is a BUSCATI, and last sold for 40 million dollars. A CAR!!!!, so think it would be better to spend on a house. Lovely Sun Dogs

Buttons said...

A 35 million dollar home would be good enough....... you made me laugh out loud.
I feel the same way at a camera store and a book store.
More Snow yes just what we need darn sundogs:)
Incredible shots. Seeds have very cool packages they are like art too. Keep warm the days are longer so there is hope:) Hug B

Pamela Gordon said...

I saw a sundog on Saturday but it didn't snow until yesterday. A 40million dollar house? Wow. What I could do with that amount of money. Actually I wouldn't know what to do with it! Crazy isn't it? It sure is nice to have the longer daylight hours.

see you there! said...

Don't think I've ever seen a sun dog. Yes, take the lesser cost have and spend that other 5 mil. in the camera and art stores.

Darla

Dimple said...

I am so glad that the darkest quarter is over!

Kate said...

Neither a house nor a car is worth 40 million! Human beings are sometimes pretty crazy. Love your sun dogs. .. which I think are worth more that anything humans can create.

Cathy H. said...

Love the sun dog images! I don't think I've ever seen anything like this! I think I'd keep my home and spend that 40 million elsewhere...camera store, hobby store, and such!

llandudnopictures said...

Amazing sight, as for the house... if I had 40m to spend, I think 1m tops would go on a house and the rest elsewhere!

Lowell said...

Fascinating. I don't think I've ever seen one of these to photograph. Maybe we're too far south.

Funny, your comment on a $35 million house. Where does all this money come from?

TexWisGirl said...

thanks for the laugh.

we don't see sun dogs here but i'd surely think it would be cold enough this winter for them (19F again this a.m.)

William Kendall said...

They are spectacular shots, EG.

I can't recall the last time I've seen sundogs....

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I don't think that I've ever seen a sun dog.

I can't imagine spending $40 million on a home. I can't even imageine spending $1 million on a place. Here in Tulsa at least. I understand other places it is very easy to spend a million bucks on a modest looking home.

Sandra said...

the 40 million dollar home has short circuited my brain on commenting...LOL on your keeping 5 million. that might pay the first year light bill.
i love the sun dog and the lamp post and that first quote is perfect, it is not what you look at but what you see. love that quote.
a photographer told me how she gets her creative and different shots. she said she looks at it and what anyone would see, then tries to see it different.

ladyfi said...

Gorgeous shots!

Gail Dixon said...

I saw one of these late last year and didn't know what the heck it was. We just called it a prism. Thank you for the explanation! Very cool.

LONDONLULU said...

Oh, loving those sundogs! I think I'd settle for a $30mil home meself. (Better to spend on art/camera supplies though:)

Rose said...

LOL at #5! Totally agree. Also, I am sure enjoying the longer days, too. So glad that the worst is behind us.

I don't like shopping, but do like staples/ office supply, and oh, how I love a quilt shop. Or flea market/antique type place.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

With all the cold weather we have had this winter,the sun dogs have been exceptionally bright.

Small City Scenes said...

YAY! for longer days. We have 9 1/2 hours of sunlight now. We have a mt to the east and the sun comes over later than just south of us.
I bought a seed packet the other day too. Lovely to look at.
Sundogs are fun to spot.
You made me laugh on #5. ha!
Good post. MB

Small City Scenes said...

I forgot to say that you were right---wind-blown snow. this was taken at Mt, Baker since we have no snow here. MB

Jacquelineand.... said...

$40 million $$, who on earth wants a house which costs so much????

I love spotting sun dogs, they remind me of my Granny. She used to say that if they were on the right you would find money and if they were on the left you'd "be working hard, honey".

Jette Hollesen said...

Amazing and great photo of sun dogs.
Warm greetings

JetteMajken

RedPat said...

I've never seen a sun dog - will have to keep my eyes open!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Wow....I've never been able to get photos of this, but yours are extraordinary.

Lisa Gordon said...

I am sure I've never seen this before, and it is really so beautiful.

artmusedog said...

Wonderful 'sun dog' photos ~ for SWF ~ a million would be plenty for me ~ thanks, artmusedog and carol ^_^
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Carver said...

Magnificent shots of the sun dogs. You cracked me up about the home. I guess it's location, location, location but so many extremely expensive houses in the U.S. went down in value with the economy. I don't know if Canada has had the same issues. Then again a 40 million dollar home might have been work 60 million a decade ago so maybe it's a bargain, ha.

Sylvia K said...

The sun dogs are awesome!! And thanks for the giggles and laughs at your Random 5!! Just what I needed on our cold, gray, snowy day! Hope you have a great weekend!!

Karen S. said...

Lovely photo of your sun dogs! I'm also excited for each day growing more day light. To hurry things along, I'm thinking of making a garden journal this year, which will include my new seed packets and photos and anything that sparks up a person's mood!

William Kendall said...

And now today after seeing this post earlier, sure enough... there were sun dogs in the sky.

Lew said...

Great capture! As for a $40 million house - some people have more dollars than cents.

Gemma Wiseman said...

In my world, there is little chance of seeing a sun dog. So these scenes are especially interesting to me. Great photos.

cieldequimper said...

You are always in the right spot!

20 million would be fine for me! :-)

Laura said...

Love seeing sun dogs!!!

eileeninmd said...

Love the sun dogs, they are always a treat to see! I can not imagine wanting a house that cost anywhere near that much money. Have a happy weekend!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Those are really fine looking sun doge! The ones I see here aren't that bright. LOL! @ the 35 MIL. house! Yep, I think I could manage to settle for a cheaper one, too.

Jen said...

I have never seen a sundog. Wow. I could never live someplace so cold, but I need to visit and see some of these things you photograph.

Lina Gustina said...

Wonderful sundogs. I've ever seen a sundog here -long time ago.

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Randy said...

Love #5.

Jack said...

Sun dogs? I'm not accusing or anything, but did you make that up?

Down here I live where there are many exceptional homes. Trust me, you could get by for $32.5 million, too.

Stephanie said...

That is steep for a house. Very nice shot!

Krishna/കൃഷ്ണ said...

Beautiful photos...

firs time seeing it

thanks

Stuart said...

Even harder to capture than rainbows. Well done !

Viv@within the Frame said...

Art supplies love them and it's never too early to look at seeds...

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Beautiful sun dogs!

LOL I just ordered seeds online the other day! Just to look at and have them, yes! YESSSSSSSSSSS :)

Sarah Huizenga said...

I should be seeing a Sundog every other day if it precedes snow :) I will keep an eye out.

Tanya Breese said...

lol number 5, you are so funny! i love are supply stores too...beautiful photos!

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

what does 40 million dollars look like? that would be my 1st question. my on going joke with my family is ... when they ask me what i want for Christmas? i say a "million dollars" ... i really have every thing i want. i just want to be healthy, happy, a good marriage, a good family life, to travel, & no gift would really change that. now i am not saying that i don't appreciate gifts but life is more than gifts. it is spending time together & just enjoying life to it's fullest. happy weekend!! enjoy your garden shopping. ( :

Nancy said...

Yes! to more daylight! :)
Thanks for joining in R5F this week.

Snap said...

Love the sun dogs. Here's to more daylight -- I don't like driving when it's dark. I've been looking at seed catalogs -- decisions. My granny said to never plant seeds before Good Friday and Easter is late this year. What a fairy tale -- $40 million home! Happy Friday!

Karen said...

I love seeing a sun dog! I have just ordered all my plants and seeds for the gardens, and I can't wait to start the tomatoes inside in April. 40 million on a house? That's gotta be some house!

NatureFootstep said...

you call them Sun dogs? I don´t think we really has a name for it in Swedish. :) Nice shots.

Christa atCedarmereFarm said...

AMAZING! I have never seen anything like that. I am glad you explained what sun dogs are.

abrianna said...

I had never heard of sun dogs before.

Think of all the camera and art supplies you could get with 40 Million :)

Linda R said...

A 40 million dollar home. YIKES.. I am looking forward to longer days myself.

Hugs~

augcott said...

I never knew about "sun dogs" .. thanks for enlightening me!!
I love that the days are getting longer ... I am done with winter and all that it offers!
Be gone! LOL
Have a great weekend.
diane @ thoughts and shots

Indrani said...

I want to see them in real some day!

Monkeywrangler said...

I love seeing Sun Dogs! Your photos turn out much better than ours. We have seen a lot of them in the last 2 years, despite a drought.

edenhills said...

Had to smile at #5. I'm pretty sure I could get by with a 30 milion dollar home even. Love the sundog photos. We've had a lot of them this winter with our cold.

catskillblogger said...

bookstores are my weakness, as are antique/second hand stores.

kelley jensen said...

Wow! fantastic shots!

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