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Panorama Sunset With Sun Pillar
Panorama Sunset With Sun Pillar
Description: I had to pull off the road for this picture.

Date Taken: 10/18/2008
Views: 13083
City: Johnstown
State: pennsylvania
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Country: United States
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This sun pillare was the best Ive seen in a long time -- johnstownwildfire
nice photo. -- utahskier
WOW... this is absolutely gorgeous! I can see why you pulled off the road. I guess the moral to the story is.... always have your camera with you! Excellent! -- Lexi
Most sun pillars are formed by plate-like crystals. Pillar forming plates range from the ideal crystals at left to large and wobbly semi-snowflake varieties. Optical perfection is unnecessary. Often pillars are the only halo in the sky because crystal faults like side faces blocked by growths or internal defects prevent other arcs from forming. Upper pillars are created by rays reflected downwards from the lower faces of tilted crystals. In plate crystals of good quality, a significant number of pillar forming rays enter a side face, undergo total internal reflection an odd number of times from the upper and lower basal faces and then leave through the opposite side face. The refraction at the two faces is equal and so the pillar is not coloured. However, pillars adopt the colours of the incident sunlight which may be highly reddened. Lower pillars form when light is reflected upwards from the topmost crystal face. Most halos are at their finest when crystals are well aligned. In contrast, sun pillars need crystals with large tilts. The larger the tilts the taller is the pillar. http://www.atoptics.co.uk/halo/platpill.htm -- johnstownwildfire
That is so cool! -- HurricaneGirl
Very impressive, I have never captured a sun pillar this high. -- weathermatrix
Ok another lucky shot. Bring on the snow. All I can say is bring on the snow. Hi this is SARA part of the AccuKidz Snow Team, our coach WIld Man Henry will give us the snow of a lifetime this season. The field is wide open for atlantic mositure to roll right on in, pounding right into that stiff northern team of air dogs. It looks to be a great season for you snow lovers. -- jodimiller
 
Uploaded on 10/19/2008
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