I’m always chasing Sun Dogs

sun dogs

He shouted to me from the deck of our home in Laguna and asked me to come outside. There it was. Almost a rainbow – but not quite – surrounded by clouds. I had never seen anything like it before and ran into the house to grab my camera. If you look closely you can see it in the center of the photograph. A small section of color that I have learned is a Sun Dog.

Sun dogs are a member of a large family of halos, created by light interacting with ice crystals in the atmosphere. Sun dogs typically appear as two subtly-colored patches of light to the left and right of the sun, approximately 22° distant and at the same elevation above the horizon as the sun. They can be seen anywhere in the world during any season, but they are not always obvious or bright. Sun dogs are best seen and are most conspicuous when the sun is low.

The factual description was certainly interesting but not the least bit inspiring. I started thinking of an old tune by Judy Garland….

I’m Always Chasing Rainbows”

I’m always chasing rainbows
Watching clouds drifting by
My schemes are just like all my dreams
Ending in the sky

Some fellows look and find the sunshine
I always look and find the rain
Some fellows make a winning sometime
I never even make a gain, believe me

I’m always chasing rainbows
Waiting to find a little bluebird in vain

Some fellows look and find the sunshine
But I always look and find the rain
Some fellows make a winning sometime
I never even make a gain, believe me

I’m always chasing rainbows
Waiting to find a little bluebird in vain

I googled it only to find that the message seemed desperate and sad. Not at all the hopeful journey of a leprechaun
searching for gold. Or the joy a rainbow brings when you happen upon it.

I think instead I will chase Sun Dogs – which seems whimsical and lyrical and Happy.

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