Grandma Barb’s This and That

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Cold Winter Skies

This first photo was taken on Christmas Eve Day.  The temperature was about -5 degrees.  Do any of you know what this is?  It's called a sun dog and is an atmospheric phenomenon caused by sunlight shining on ice crystals in the atmosphere, usually during very cold weather.  You can read about it here

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This picture was taken Christmas morning with the contrails criss-crossing the sky.



It's been snowing here again today.  We are supposed to get 2 to 4 inches, but no blowing snow.



Have a great weekend!
Until next time

Barb

42 comments:

Audrey said...

As always, beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing them with us.
Blessings and Happy new Year.
Audrey Z.
Timeless Treasures

Carole M. said...

weather is so contrary isn't it Barb. Christmas day here was much cooler, wet and windy. I read another post today with 'contrails' and it was a new word learnt for me. Had never heard of a sun-dog so there's another new thing learnt; lovely photographs Barb.

amanda said...

I did not know about "sun dogs" before, thanks for the info - I love learning new things, especially about nature- and how wonderful that you saw & photographed this one!!

ladyfi said...

How very beautiful! Keep warm.

Jacquelineand.... said...

I remember how excited I was to see my very first sun dog...and it still excites me.

eileeninmd said...

Hi Barb, great shy captures. The sundog is pretty, great capture! Happy Skywatching! I wish you all the best in 2013, Happy New Years!

From The Heart said...

The "sun dog" is beautiful.

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

Barb~
I feel terrible I've missed so much time between posts. This is how incredibly busy this month has been for me!
I've looked through your posts...one lovely photograph after another! I see you've even posted a photo of the button star I made you! :)
I have a package to pick up at the barn today. I'm so excited (I'll email you after I get it). You are SO sweet.
I'm sorry your surprise is late. I hope you think it is worth the wait, though. :)
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! As exhauted as I was, I think this was the most wonderful Christmas we've had in years. There is nothing like being with loved ones...
Wishing you all the very best in the New Year!
Huge hugs~
Lisa

Beth said...

Beautiful photos!

My Little Home and Garden said...

Wow, Barb. That sun dog is beautiful! I like your header too, by the way, and hope that you had a really nice Christmas with your family and friends.
-Karen

TexWisGirl said...

don't get to see many sun dogs in texas! always loved to see them in wisconsin, though. cold, cold, cold. :)

Pamela Gordon said...

Hi Barb. We see sun dogs here all the time and a few days before Christmas there was a long vertical one on either side of the sun like in your photo. Usually they are smaller and curved though. We had a blizzard last night but the sun is starting to shine this morning. Enjoy the weekend.

Amy Burzese said...

Beautiful winter skies! That's too cold for me. We get single gigits occasionally here in Alabama.

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm feeling jealous of your clear skies. We have seen mostly overcast skies lately. That's a great shot of the sundog!

Aiketa said...

Wow, that first photo is so great! I've never heard of this phenomenon before! Thanks for sharing your pic and being the source for me to learn new things.

I'm visiting from Sky Watch Friday.
Here's my sky: http://1anyen365fotos.blogspot.com.es/2012/12/dia-85-any-3.html

Regards from Barcelona.

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

Those are beauties!!! I can almost feel the crisp cold air.

Dee

Elisabeth Nitteberg said...

Wow, I've never seen a sun dog before. Didn't know it existed. Fantastic.

Karen said...

Beautiful photos! I have seen this phenomenon once and wondered what it was and heard the weather man explain it. It is an amazing sight. You are very cold there....brrrrr! We are in the 40's this week with sunshine. But we've had rain and snow for a couple of weeks.

Thank you for your sweet comment, I love your blog and now following, too! xx

Maple Lane said...

Beautiful photos. I saw my first sun dog a few months ago! Your weather sounds too cold for me. We are in the 40's and it is raining here. Happy New Year - may God bless.

Deanna said...

I have never seen a sun dog before...thanks for that info and sharing your wonderful images!! It hasn't been that cold here it quite awhile...which is fine with me. I like the snow but NOT the cold.

Laura said...

oh how beautiful!!!! wishing you a very happy New Year!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I think winter is so pretty...nature is full of beauty! We had about three inches of snow here...I went out and took photos- so fresh and white! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful New Year's!

Marleen said...

I have seen a sun dog before but didn't know it had a name. Beautiful capture!

Olive said...

Lovely images Barb.






Our Neck of the Woods said...

How neat! I've never heard of a sun dog before. Thanks for enlightening me :)

Prims By The Water said...

Never heard about a sun dog...thanks for sharing. Wish I could see it in person. Janice

Sally in WA said...

Great capture of the sundog, Barb. But you can keep the minus temps, thank you very much! I haven't missed that being home. We've been getting snow on an almost daily basis but temps have not dropped below freezing. Going snowmobiling tomorrow. Yee haw!

Marie said...

Great shot of the sundog! It's so COLD there! Try to keep warm by the fire!

ilovepink1078 said...

Great capture!! Love it very interesting. Thanks for sharing

Have a prosperous New Year!

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cherry said...

Happy New Year Miss Barb,
I have never heard of a Sun dog before, very cool.. I love stopping by because you always have something beautiful to share.
I'm looking forward to seeing what you will be sharing with us in 2013
hugs, Cherry

I have moved my blog the new address is

http://cherrysinthegardenandmore.blogspot.com/

Jori said...

Wow! I have never heard of/seen a sun dog before. Very cool! We are getting snow today. It's supposed to snow all day.

Happy New Year!! xo

Pride In Photos said...

You really captured some unique images. Happy New Years to You and many blessings for 2013.
Laurie

Cindy Adkins said...

Wow, that first photo is beautiful, and no, I'd never heard of that before! It's cold here in Ohio, too, although not as cold as where you live. We got lots of snow right before Christmas. Happy New Year to you, Barb!
Cindy

Tricia Hays said...

I think I've seen maybe 2 sundogs in my time, they're pretty rare, aren't they?

Please swing by... Immediate Prayers Needed

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Barb, What gorgeous pics and thank you for sharing about the sun dog. I did not know about this and how interesting and beautiful it is.
Wishing you a wonderful new year filled with many joys.
Hugs, CM

BlueShell said...

magnificent work

Happy New Year, full of joy, health and God’s Blessings!
BShell

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

I remember these when I lived up north. Very rare down here in Arkansas. Happy New Year Barb!

Tanya said...

i've seen snow dogs in my blog travels. i don't think i've seen one in person though, very neat! bundle up and happy new year!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Great shot of the sun dog, Barb. I'm a sky watcher and love seeing the contrails, too.
Happy New Year to you and yours!!

Nancy Claeys said...

Nothing like the bright white of snow to emphasize the colors that are present in winter.

Happy New Year Barb. xo

Marlys @ Thisand That said...

I miss seeing the sundogs... although I don't miss the cold temperatures that need to be to have the sundogs. I grew up in Saskatchewan so it was common to see them in the winter.

Beyond the Dog Dish said...

What amazing sky photographs! I am not a winter person, but skies like that really cheer and wake me up! Very nice.