Subsun & Pillar, Idaho   Imaged by Rocky Seelbach from chair six at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. The camera points downwards. The speckled glow, seemingly hanging in space, is a subsun. It is the same distance below the horizon as the sun is above. Millions of tiny hexagonal plate shaped ice crystals mirror the sunlight. We see individual glints. Crystals drifting with their large faces horizontal form the subsun. Larger crystals wobble more and they give a vertically extended reflection – a sun pillar.  Image ©Rocky Seelbach
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