Sun dog, the phenomena of false suns which sometimes attend or dog the true when seen through a mist (parhelions). In Norfolk, a ‘sun-dog’ is a light spot near the sun, and ‘water-dogs’ are light watery clouds; ‘dog’ here is no doubt the same word as ‘dag,’ dew or mist, as “a little ‘dag’ of rain.” In Cornwall, the fragment of a rainbow formed on a rain-cloud just above the horizon is called a ‘weather-dog.’
~ Abram Smythe Palmer, Folk-etymology: A Dictionary of Verbal Corruptions or Words Perverted in Form or Meaning, 1882
While I was outside yesterday trying to hunt down the next clue for Karma’s photo hunt, I took a moment to look up for a moment. I spotted a sun dog off to the west. I found the second sun dog (because they always hunt in pairs), and then backed up my view enough to realize that I could see the halo with it.
I ran out to the dock to get an unobstructed view, hoping it wouldn’t disappear before I got there. I needn’t have worried. It hung in there until sunset (almost two hours later) when the sun dogs dropped below the horizon with the sun.
This was my first viewing of sun dogs with a halo. I’ve seen other photos of the phenomena, but have never witnessed myself until yesterday. There’s more…
A double halo! There were four sun dogs hunting in the sky instead of the usual two. How cool is that?
Eventually the outer halo vanished, and the sun dogs followed the sun down to the tree line.
The sun, not to be outdone by its canine companions, put on an additional show just before slipping away for the night.
As for the next clue in my word, I’ve had a little trouble in that regard. I had no idea vowels would be so difficult, especially this particular vowel. I even looked at lists of nouns that start with this letter, and it was no help at all. I thought about going obscure, but as I mentioned yesterday, the creative side of my brain is sleeping right now and refuses to help. So, without further ado, the next clue in one shot:
So there you have it. The first two letters. I’m sure that one was easy enough, but just for fun, here’s another because it dawned on me this also starts with the second letter of my word.
Thank you for visiting on this gorgeous day. The sun dogs are often a sign of rain or snow to come, and they predicted well yesterday. Around 2:30 in the morning something woke me, and I got up to look outside. I never figured out what it was that woke me, but did get to see a lovely covering of snow. It was more than a dusting. I can’t tell you how much more because by the time we woke up this morning, the temperature had climbed into the 40’s and most of the snow had already melted. The clouds cleared, the sky turned an amazing shade of blue, and it’s been sunny most of the day.
I hope your Tuesday has been filled with warmth and sunshine, and a little something wonderful.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂