Pillar with sunrise on the 4th

A “rareish” sun pillar accompanied sunrise this morning in Okarche.  From the University of Illinois:  ”Typically seen during sunrise or sunset, sun pillars form when sunlight reflects off the surfaces of falling ice crystals associated with thin, high-level clouds (like cirrostratus clouds).

They are not an everyday occurrence, and I usually only end up seeing them two or three times a year.

January 4, 2017: Sunrise, sun pillar from Okarche.

January 4, 2017: Sunrise, sun pillar from Okarche.