Winter Wonderland

Crisp cold. Crystal clear blue. Winter air. Ah, I just love when snow is surrounding everything during the winter months! (I however am not always so fond of the cold. I mean, a little cold is nice, but 30 below zero, REALLY?!?)

And along with winter snow comes fort building, snowball fights, snowman rolling and snow shoveling or blowing! So many options that include fun in the snow. And also for me, the bright whites and crisp air provide fun photography moments for me.

While capitalizing on photo opportunities on my home farm one bright, crisp and very cold day, I was able to photograph something I have never caught on camera before: sundogs.

Sundogs come from sunlight striking clouds made of ice crystals which form in winter  in summer way up in the atmosphere. When sunlight, which is made up of all the colors of the spectrum, hits the ice crystals in the cloud, it bends a little. The ice crystal acts as a prism, separating the sunlight into different colors and forming a sundog. And, a sundog often means that rain, or snow is on the way, although that is not always the case.

It is truly enjoyable to capture such a remarkable creation. The Lord displays the beauty of His creation in so many ways. Although sundogs may be more common than rainbows, they are still an amazing reminder of God’s splendor on a crisp, wintry day.

“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained; What is man that You take thought of him, and the son of man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, and You crown him with glory and majesty! You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea, whatever passes through the paths of the seas. O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your Name in all the earth!” –Psalm 8:3-9

For many, the winter may mean cold, miserable and depressing. But while seasons come and go, so do seasons of life. So while we may experience times of happiness and times of sadness, His creation is always there to remind us of the joy a life with Christ brings.

“On the glorious splendor of Your majesty And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.” -Psalm 145:5

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