Andy called me from his shop this morning.
“Go look at the sun,” he said. “There are rainbows around it.”
I moved to an east-facing window and glanced at the sun, but saw nothing but a yellow glow.
“Get dressed. I’m picking you up in five minutes.”
I had planned a lazy morning with absolutely no computer time or work.
“If you don’t see this, you will regret it,” he told me.
I quickly dressed and we drove to a clearing to see the expanse of the phenomenon. It felt so cold, -45, by my estimates. The air was shimmering crystals in the bright light. I photographed the double rainbow around the sun, but my hands were freezing and it was so bright … The photos were taken just before 10:00 a.m. Andy’s Cree students said they’ve never seen this before.
I posted some pictures and a few friends responded that they were sun dogs. A google search indicated “ice halos” and the even prettier moniker, “ice diamonds”. Whatever this is called, it was the first time I’ve ever witnessed it and I was awestruck.
I will always remember where I was the day I saw rainbow ice crystals around the sun.