Driving home along the Southport Coastal Road (25 April 2013) I suddenly noticed an exquisitely coloured radiance in the sky, which was angled to the right side of the setting sun. But this was not any UFO, it was a natural phenomenon known as a ‘sun dog.’
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I pulled off the road and hurried up a sand hill to get a better look. Thankfully, my trusty camera was close at hand.
A sun dog or sundog (also called a parhelion, plural parhelia, for "beside the sun" or mock sun) is a particular kind of ice halo. It is a coloured patch of light to the side of the sun.
Sundogs can be seen anywhere in the world during any season. In Europe or USA they might be seen 1-2 times per week, but they are not always discernibly intense. However, this one was a real little beauty.
Above: I zoomed in with the camera and the lovely phenomenon became even more perceptible.
I had seen this type of natural event before and reported upon its existence in several international articles and also the local press.
Above: in this shot the sun dog is starting to vanish.
I have also videoed other sundogs before in the Southport region.
Personally, I find sun dogs exceptionally uplifting. They are an intimate reminder of celestial heights and greater spiritual values that are so easy to forget in this overtly materialistic world we all live it.
Sun dogs have understandably been mistaken for UFOs many times in the past, yet this does not detract from their splendor.
Mother Nature, the finest artist of all, has countless lessons to teach us, if we only care to listen.
Also read: http://pat-regan.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/mother-nature-greatest-artist-of-all-by.html