Yes, Blurbarians, there is an upside to enduring winter’s chill. Besides offering a glittering backdrop for all those great winter photos you’re taking, the icy temps also create the perfect conditions for sun dogs.
Also known as parhelia or mock suns, these weather phenomena are made of ice crystals, prosaically called “diamond dust,” drifting at low levels. They’re cagey shape shifters and can look anything like a solar halo to rainbow-hued horizontal streaks to blinding sky spots indistinguishable from the sun itself.
Sun dogs are commonly seen during very cold weather when the sun is low, i.e. early morning. If heading out in search of sun dogs at dawn isn’t your thing, you could always stay up late and photograph star trails. After all, a clear, cold winter’s night also offers up a fantastic show.
As for all you Blurbarians in the southern hemisphere, enjoy the beach and wear your sunscreen. We’ll have some warm weather photography tips coming your way soon.