Weekend Waterview: Sun Dogs and Sunset

Happy Sunday! We had a couple of beautiful, sunny days this week.

Luring us outside with blankets to bask in the sunshine and enjoy the warmth of a fire.

I spotted these sun dogs in the sky on Friday about an hour before sunset. You can see the prism of rainbow color in the cloud and reflection in the water.

According to Livescience:

Sun dogs (or sundogs) often appear as colored areas of light to the left or right of the sun, 22 degrees distant and at the same distance above the horizon as the sun. They are frequently observed on a ring or halo around the sun. Sun dogs are formed from hexagonal ice crystals in high and cold cirrus clouds or, during very cold weather, by ice crystals drifting in the air at low levels. These crystals act as prisms, bending the light rays passing through them. They can occur at any time of the year and from any place, although they are most visible when the sun is lower on the horizon.

Our sun dogs, Gracie & Lola, are enjoying some welcome sunshine, a rare phenomenon lately with all our rain.

And our resident Great Blue Heron is sunning himself while keeping his eyes out for fish from his perch on our dock roof.

Just a couple of days of 60 degree temperatures has the buds coming out on the maple tree . . .

Water reflections of clouds and sky. . .

And smoke drifting across water at sunset from a fire across the cove.

A sliver of the moon between the branches of the tree.

It’s raining today and we’re thankful our wintry mix was brief, so no ice or falling branches.

Hope you’re staying warm and cozy. ♥

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  44 comments for “Weekend Waterview: Sun Dogs and Sunset

  1. Sue Farmer
    January 13, 2019 at 9:23 am

    Wish I was there!! We have had cold, rainy weather here in Kentucky. Haven’t seen the sun in days. Glad you and the pups had some sun time. xoxo

  2. January 13, 2019 at 9:25 am

    So beautiful Mary, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a “sundog,” gorgeous! Your photos have me longing for the beach, I haven’t been since Thanksgiving…I really don’t like being there in January, it’s too rainy and cold. It has been miserable weather all over the South but as long as there is no snow or ice, it’s ok… Let’s hope the week ahead is drier and sunny!

  3. anne
    January 13, 2019 at 9:28 am

    So peaceful! The universe is so beautiful when you take time to enjoy it.

  4. January 13, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Omg your dogs are soooo cute! Also where were these photos taken? They are gorgeous!

    • January 13, 2019 at 9:35 am

      Thank you, we live on Lake Norman 🐾🐾

  5. Gary and Pauline Purdum
    January 13, 2019 at 9:36 am

    Beautiful photography, thanks for sharing

  6. January 13, 2019 at 9:39 am

    Gracie and Lola are just precious!! Beautiful pics!

  7. linda kemp
    January 13, 2019 at 9:39 am

    Loved your pictures
    You are so talented.

  8. Judeen Downing
    January 13, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Beautiful winter photos including your two fur babies. Happiness for the heart!

  9. Dana
    January 13, 2019 at 10:04 am

    Thank you for beautiful pictures. Gloomy rainy days where I am. Nice to remember the sun will come out again.

  10. January 13, 2019 at 10:10 am

    You have the cutest sun dogs :) Beautiful photos!

  11. Rita C.
    January 13, 2019 at 10:40 am

    What a nice reprieve from all the recent gloom. That sun dog was cool (and so are the those two on land). I’ve only seen before – the classic, circle around the sun – when we were on a vacation.

  12. Virginia
    January 13, 2019 at 10:47 am

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful sun dog. We have had the great fortune to see some in nature. Happy to see Gracie and Lola soaking up some sunshine. My husband and I made it to our condo in Florida Monday with the boat in tow. Have also been getting beautiful sunsets over the St. Lucie River in the evenings, a little rain last night but beautiful weather otherwise. Stay warm and dry today.

  13. Sharon
    January 13, 2019 at 10:56 am

    Beautiful photos! You have the eye of an
    artist. You draw us in with details of
    sensual things: satiny water, sun dogs,
    golden glow of the sun. Fluffy white clouds and fluffy white dogs. I can smell the fire &
    feel its warmth just sitting on my couch!
    You artfully captured the season and a
    timeless moment. Thank you for that gift!

  14. Carol
    January 13, 2019 at 11:14 am

    Sharon said it perfectly.Thank you so much for sharing your talent and your wonderful photos.

  15. Pamela Sweeney
    January 13, 2019 at 11:49 am

    Just beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Sue
    January 13, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    You have the prettiest views and of course, Lola and Gracie just add to the beauty of your photos. Here in Ohio we had a couple inches of snow, a first for this winter.

  17. Karen
    January 13, 2019 at 12:37 pm


  18. Janet O. Robinson
    January 13, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    I Love these pictures!!! Love Sunset! Favorite time of the day! You are blessed and the pups know it! I can’t get over how precious they are. Lola is thriving!!!

  19. January 13, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Oh Mary, thank you so much for sharing these beautiful pictures. You’re such a wonderful photographer.

  20. Liz
    January 13, 2019 at 2:51 pm


  21. Cyndi Raines
    January 13, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    Sharon indeed said it well. I didn’t know about sundogs I thought the heading was only referring to the furbabies. Now I’ll have to be on the watch for them. Thanks for such great pictures Mary. Just beautiful! Love the pups, too! 🐾♥️

  22. Chloe
    January 13, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    Beautiful pictures and, as always, sweet pups to cheer me up. Thank you.

  23. January 13, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    Thank you for some beautiful photos on such a dreary day. Walking my dog this afternoon, I thanked the Lord for the grey, cold days when we cuddle up close. They make us appreciate the warmth of the sunny days. Love your fire pit! Thank you, again, for sharing.

  24. January 13, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Lucky you and lucky puppies!! Enjoy! ☀️☀️☀️☀️

  25. Gayle Dodson
    January 13, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    You really captured a southern winter sky. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photographs. You have quite the eye.

  26. Norma Wagner
    January 13, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    I love all of your pictures. Thank you for sharing them with us. I live in Missouri and unfortunely we had 9 to 12 inches of snow instead of rain or freezing rain. I appreciate all of your informations that you share with your readers and I am just in love with your potting shed

  27. Nancy Neumann
    January 13, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Thank you for the beautiful photo. I had never seen a Sun dog before! I truly enjoy your fabulous blog!
    Blessings to you Always,

  28. January 13, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    What beautiful photos you captured of the sky, water, clouds pups and fire, Mary. I know you enjoyed the sunshine while you could!

  29. Kathleen
    January 13, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    You do have an artist’s eye. The pictures are gorgeous. The clouds on the water spectacular! Love the pups!

  30. January 14, 2019 at 5:41 am

    Aw, everyone looks all snuggly and cozy Mary! Sunshine is always welcome, especially during winter:@)

  31. January 14, 2019 at 7:06 am

    Such a beautiful Sunday you had. The reflections on the water were outstanding.

    I have seen sundogs and they are always a treat to see. Your Sun Dogs are even more of a treat to see.

  32. January 14, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Your fire looks so cozy and fun, just too terrified of fires in ca to ever indulge, even in a rain or snow storm I fear that one errant spark! I used to go to a bar in Carmel nightly with an outdoor fire pit, some of my fondest memories… And you have the gorgeous view, heavy sigh of contentment for you! We have seven inches of rain due starting tonight, dashing out at first light to plant the day away, I love free sprinklers 😬

  33. Shirley Graham
    January 14, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Thank you for the pictures – so beautiful! We have snow here in Ohio & colder today. Looks like snow will stay for a while. Happy New Year to you and yours!

  34. Debbie
    January 14, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    So beautiful. I love the pix of the Sun Dogs…both yours and natures. Thanks for bringing a smile to my face.

  35. Grace
    January 14, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Beautiful pictures as always! You have a keen eye for detail that is so inspiring to the heart. Great for a wintry day in the north!

  36. Cheryl Foley
    January 14, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    I also enjoyed our beautiful Carolina weekend, and a sky filled with sundogs =) I did not know their name until now.

  37. January 14, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    What a lovely evening! I can tell Lola and Gracie had a great time ~ they look totally relaxed here in you photos. I just want to come over and hang out… <3 Pinned a few photos for you and tweeted for folks to come and sit with you, too. :)

    Enjoy the sunsets!
    Barb :)

  38. Linda L Hovgaard
    January 15, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Love you photos! Thanks Mary!

  39. Anne Marie
    January 15, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Beautiful pictures!

  40. Doreen Snyder
    January 20, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    Hello, I love all of your posts. I’m just wondering if you can identify the white plate in the photo under your heading? It is the photo all the way to the right with a couple of white plates with a snowflake “cookie” on top.
    Thank you in advance for any information you may be able to provide.

  41. Melodie Strickland
    January 29, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful photos. Love the photos of the girls. Looking at them always makes me smile. I just saw a Sun Dog the other week. You are an excellent photographer.

  42. Nancy
    January 11, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    Fantastic pictures!
    Pups also, of course. I have a Bichon
    also. He’s too adorable for his own good. My ♥️.

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