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Photographer  Mary Brown {Karma:71879}
Project #52 Patterns in Nature Camera Model Kodak DX 7440
Categories Scientific
Seascapes
Nature
Film Format F3.4 ISO 80
Portfolio Sunsets
All Images
Lens Schneider Kreuzach
Uploaded 6/1/2007 Film / Memory Type a digital camera
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Views 1631 Shutter 1/125
Favorites Aperture f 3.4 ISO 80
Critiques 69 Rating
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Location City - 
State -  ONTARIO
Country - Canada   Canada
About At sunset on May 6, 2007, a lovely Sun Pillar formed and reflected in the water. On each side, a Sun Dog also formed. In this image only the one on the left is visible. It was such a pretty sight. I hope you enjoy it.
I have included a picture in the Comments section that shows both of the Sun Dogs.
Explanation: Sometimes at sunrise or sunset ice crystals falling from high clouds can form flat, stop sign shaped crystals. The resistance of the air causes them to lie almost flat as they fall. Sunlight reflecting off properly aligned crystals cause the Sun Pillar effect.
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There are 69 Comments in 1 Pages
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reza goudarzi reza goudarzi   {K:7097} 6/18/2008
oh very beautiful capture...with rich colors.wish u were not busy and continue submiting pics
regards
reza.

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François Frémont François Frémont   {K:5781} 12/19/2007
This is a landscape I really love ! congratulations

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C W C W   {K:4458} 11/27/2007
This is magnificent! The clarity is AMAZING! Wow!!!

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Kristen Ryan Kristen Ryan   {K:989} 10/22/2007
Oh Wow Mary
This is the stuff that dreams are made of!!!
What an incredible capture. It's simply beautiful.
Love it 7+++

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Robert Chin   {K:22282} 9/29/2007
Just another beautiful image Mary,typical for you.Lovely sky and reflections.
Take care
Robbie

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John Hatz John Hatz   {K:156973} 9/20/2007
dear Mary, when a shot has something to...tell me than I have to write some thoughs more...if not....just a couple of words...and I'm very sorry about my english...very bad and many times I cannot write my thoughs... lol...with 300 words that I know...hehe...well there are many people that can do wrong even with a so great place...for excample I could be at a place like that and I could also left my camera back home hahahaha!
Hugs!

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Mary Brown   {K:71879} 9/20/2007
Hi John. You leave such thought out comments each time. I do appreciate the time you take. I am flattered that you have added this to your favourites. That evening was wonderfully still and the Sun Pilar caught everyone's attention. It was such a glorious scene. Me and my camera moved around taking pictures from a number of angles hoping to get a decent composition. This is the one I liked the best. Although, how can one go wrong with a display like this from Mother Nature?
MAry

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John Hatz John Hatz   {K:156973} 9/20/2007
Amazing....oh my God...that cannot be water...that must be ice, or oil, it cannot be so waveless, so perfect freezed texture, and so the reflections are increadible, already you have some silhouettes of rocks and woods that adds a lot to the composition and a magic sky, oh my, that is one of the most peacefull photos I ever seen before Mary, to my favs!

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Mary Brown   {K:71879} 9/4/2007
Doyle, you are persistent. Hopefully, my pictures do not make you swear so you get cut off for profanity. ;-)) I always appreciate hearing from you.
MAry

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Doyle D. Chastain Doyle D. Chastain   {K:101119} 8/28/2007
I give up Mary. They didn't let it post again . . . a 2nd time (first was over a month ago and I just found out it wasn't posted). This time they at least told me. I will try to avoid the intense profanity this time . . . LoL!

Let's see.

Nice shot (I like)
Thanks for the info (very cool)

Regards,
Doyle I <~~~~~

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Ivonne * Ivonne *   {K:8711} 7/30/2007
Excellent silence, colours, view...!!!!
Congrats, Mary !
Ivi

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NaDa .M   {K:941} 7/16/2007
One word

amazing.....:)

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Sergio M. Cameno   {K:7856} 7/13/2007
I love the softness here, amazing colours!

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Mohamed Badawy Mohamed Badawy   {K:11828} 6/30/2007
WOOOOOOOOW , just great work ,
great composition,, great colors tones,, great mood,, bravo mary really so great shot , 7\7 .
my best regards,,
mohamed,

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Yilmaz  Uslu Yilmaz  Uslu   {K:712} 6/26/2007
hi mary
perfect colors and sunset
yilmaz

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Lydia Nel   {K:3579} 6/25/2007
Goodness, Mary - thanx for the info - I took photographs of this phenomenon a while back, thought it was a mistake and deleted them! Lovely colours - great with the silhouettes in the foreground - Regards
Lydia

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Mary Brown   {K:71879} 6/21/2007
Hi Dave. The sundog in this picture is faint. If someone is not aware of it, it could certainly be missed. Look to the left side, just above the small patch of pink water surrounded by the dark silhouettes--you will see a bright patch. That is a sundog. In the other picture, they are a little more obvious, although not as evident as they can sometimes be. The sundogs are the bright spots about 22 degrees on either side of the sun.
At sunrise or sunset, when the sun is close to the horizon and it and hexagonal plate-like ice crystals are on the same plane as the viewer, sundogs can be seen. If the flat faces of the ice crsytals are oriented horizontally sunlight is bent on its way to the viewer's eyes producing sundogs. They can be rainbow coloured as the ice crystals refract each colour by different amounts.
They are sometimes called parhelia or mock suns.
I don't know if this is what you wanted. If not, just ask again.
MAry

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neda astani   {K:2824} 6/20/2007
very good catch, so beauty of nice and soft colors...7/7
Neda

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ruben boas   {K:422} 6/20/2007
This one is very beatifull! Great collours, contrast and light.

All the best

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reza goudarzi reza goudarzi   {K:7097} 6/20/2007
lovely sunset...i wish i was there and enjoyed of this view live!
regards,
reza.

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Dave Arnold Dave Arnold   {K:55680} 6/20/2007
Gorgeous sunset and lake and so glad to understand exactly what this is, Mary. I still haven't figured out what a sun dog is yet, though I've tried to compare both photos to try and see what you are talking about. It's a term I'm not familiar with.

Dave

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Gilberto Santa Rosa   {K:11147} 6/15/2007
Wonderful sunset!!! 7+++

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reza goudarzi reza goudarzi   {K:7097} 6/13/2007
another super landscape again...what a beutiful sunset dear mary.thx for sharing.
regards,
reza.

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J.J. Guy Longtin J.J. Guy Longtin   {K:6546} 6/11/2007
ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS SUNSET!!! well done my friend.
Guy

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Ahmed Ismail Ahmed Ismail   {K:19853} 6/9/2007
A stunning image! Didnt know about the sun pillar before. Its a pretty sight and can guess how good it would have been for you. Beautiful shot!
Regards, Ahmed

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aida allam   {K:2265} 6/8/2007
Excellent and so beatiful.......Aida

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Iman Fouad Iman Fouad   {K:12295} 6/8/2007
Superb shot..exellent tone ..colours..composition..well seen and sharing dear mary.
Regards
Iman

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John Loreaux John Loreaux   {K:86210} 6/7/2007
WOW Mary! this is really awesome! the colors are excellent! The black silhouettes in the water look like they are floating in the air! Very well done Mary! Take care and thanks for the nice comment today!....................John
7 !!

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Elias Monges Elias Monges   {K:6238} 6/7/2007
YOU WORK IS GREAT..LIKE ALWAYS...EM

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Dr. Rafael Springmann Dr. Rafael Springmann   {K:89517} 6/7/2007
This gives off a Dali like impression, dear Mary. Sheer joy looking at it.
Thank you for your comments.
Best regards,
Rafi

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Alison DuFlon Alison DuFlon   {K:36566} 6/4/2007
Both shots are beautiful, what gorgeous color and amazing clarity. Alison

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Roberto Okamura   {K:22851} 6/4/2007
Beautiful sunset Mary!
Great work!
Roberto.

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Mary Brown   {K:71879} 6/4/2007
Hi Jan. Thank you so much. I am glad you like it enough to put it into your favourites. It definately was a very pretty sight. Nature is a terrific artist.
MAry

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Jan Graziano   {K:17920} 6/4/2007
This type shot seems to be your forte - but you have outdone yourself on this one. Put it in to my favs immediately - Right place at the right time and the right person was behind the camera - well done - so peaceful, so beautiful, so rich in colors. We are so fortunate you were there to capture this lovely image for us. Thanks for sharing. Jan

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Art McCaffrey Art McCaffrey   {K:22648} 6/3/2007
greetings mary,. no need for a bird in this one, just stunning,. regards art,.

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Mary Brown   {K:71879} 6/3/2007
Hi Del. I have been busy with my sweet little grandaughter an a number of other things. Picture taking has not been given near the amount of time I would like. However, we were at the lake for a bit and this lovely scene presented itself. I just had to grab my camera and get some shots.
MAry

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Mary Brown   {K:71879} 6/3/2007
Thank you, Marian. I am complimented by your adding this to your favvoures.
MAry

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Del Metheny   {K:25617} 6/3/2007
Mary. I thought the reason you rarely post these days was because you were busy with that beautiful grand child. Now I wonder if it is because you are waiting for something really special before you post. If that is the reason, then you picked a beautiful image to add to your other colorful sky photos. This one is special. Del.

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Hanggan Situmorang Hanggan Situmorang   {K:37833} 6/3/2007
Very serene and contemplative, Mary. Beautiful view and great place!

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Manuel Bedoyan Manuel Bedoyan   {K:9098} 6/3/2007
Very smooth and beautiful with great tones and composition. Great shot Mary. Congrats

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Marian Man Marian Man   {K:80636} 6/3/2007
breathtaking dear Mary!!!!!!
a dreamy sunset with fascinating colors!!!!!
amazing composition!!!! love it!!!!
favorite
all the best
Marian

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Richard Dakin   {K:12915} 6/3/2007
Nicely done. Understanding the weather is one of the most important aspects of our art.

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Alicia Popp   {K:87532} 6/3/2007
Preciosa vista del mar. la inmensidad ante los ojos!
Felicitaciones Mary, una estupenda imagen!

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Mary Brown   {K:71879} 6/3/2007
Giuseppe thank you so much. I am flattered that you have put this in your favourites.
MAry

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Mary Brown   {K:71879} 6/3/2007
Giuseppe thank you so much. I am flattered that you have put this in your favourites.
MAry

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Mary Brown   {K:71879} 6/3/2007
Yes, Todd, sun dogs did accompany this pillar. They were not extremely bright and showed up better when I downloaded my pictures. It was definately a pretty sight.
MAry

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Giuseppe Guadagno Giuseppe Guadagno   {K:34002} 6/2/2007
Mary, one of the most beautiful images that I have seen! In my fav.
Take care.

Giuseppe

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Mahmoud Baha Sadri Mahmoud Baha Sadri   {K:19616} 6/2/2007
Hello Mary!!
So nice to see you back with another fabulous image..So peaceful it is...baha

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Todd Weeks Todd Weeks   {K:7636} 6/2/2007
Is that a sun dog pillar I see in there as well? Beautifully captured, Mary!

Todd

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Jose Ignacio (Nacho) Garcia Barcia Jose Ignacio (Nacho) Garcia Barcia   {K:96391} 6/2/2007
marvelous seascape.amazing tones. outstanding

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Roger Skinner Roger Skinner   {K:81726} 6/2/2007
neat eh.. great landscape

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Antonia BauerleinSehnert   {K:30599} 6/2/2007
Gorgeous shot, and enjoyed reading your "about." This is such a serene landscape, I'd be tempted to place it in the "serenity" project, even after reading the explanation as to why it fits into patterns. But I could be wrong :) Congrats on a beautiful capture -- it is exquisite.

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greg collins   {K:12273} 6/1/2007
ery peaceful image - love the smoothness of it. Nice to see youy back Mary.
Regards Greg

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Larry Fosse Larry Fosse   {K:66462} 6/1/2007
Stunning and surrealistic landscape Mary...beautiful work

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Walter Scarella Walter Scarella   {K:19671} 6/1/2007
Perfect use of exposure and great compo, I like the beautiful stone silhouettes and the reflections on the lake. Excellent !!! Regards.....Walter

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jacques brisebois   {K:73883} 6/1/2007
wonderful sunset. great colors, perfect details. good job.

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Nicole Besch Nicole Besch   {K:72619} 6/1/2007
What an amazing shot Mary!!!Great composition,depth and warm colors!!!!A wonderful sunset to look at!
Very well done Mary!!
All the best to you,Nicole
7/7

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stingRay part 3 . stingRay part 3 .   {K:248368} 6/1/2007
A beautiful study of peace and tranquility my dear friend Mary. The colour tones are so lovely and there is great depth to this wonderfully captured seascape. Well done to you sweetie. I hope you are keeping well. My very best wishes to you as always......and a big hug....Ray

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László Bolla László Bolla   {K:582} 6/1/2007
Beautiful composition and fantastic light.

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Ardalan Haddad Ardalan Haddad   {K:15567} 6/1/2007
what a breathtaking shot...
It is very relaxing...
I love it so much...
Very Great Job! Indeed...

All the bests Mary,
Take a good care,
Stay Green and Warm,
Ardalan...

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Avi  Avi     {K:70138} 6/1/2007
Nice, honest sunset...

cheers! :))
Avi

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Mary Brown   {K:71879} 6/1/2007
Michele, thank you so much for your wonderful comment. You are too kind. I have not posted many images lately as life has been busy. There was not much time for pictures and the ones I took were really not very good. Genius, I am definately not. I was just fortunate enough to be at the lake when this scene occured. Mother Nature did the work. All I had to do was click and crop some. I am pleased that you like it.
MAry

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Yamil Saenz Yamil Saenz   {K:12434} 6/1/2007
Wonderful sunset Mary.
Great tones, shadows and colors.
Congrats.
Yamil

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Michele Carlsen Michele Carlsen   {K:146013} 6/1/2007
Hi MAry, I have been patiently waiting and WoW !!!! Was it worth the wait .... What a georgous image you show us... I don't know how someone who rarely posts images does this.... each time your images are better but your rarely post them...so I am only to believe You are a genius :)))
This is soooooo peaceful and sooooo colorful and I am grateful you showed and told us about the ice cyrstals.... they are like magic !!!!
I LOVE this image MAry.
Michele~
PERFECT !!!!!!!!!

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Dave Stacey Dave Stacey   {K:150877} 6/1/2007
Well seen and capture, Mary! Beautiful colours and light here!
Dave.

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H L H L   {K:11377} 6/1/2007
Hi Mary! I like the parallels of the thick lines transition of the colors, very pleasant view and beautiful photograph!!
Cheers,
Harry

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Judith Adams    {K:1953} 6/1/2007
Fantastic shot Mary. Very pretty. Well done. Cheers, Judy

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Keith  Growden Keith  Growden   {K:29120} 6/1/2007
That is brilliant. Excellent. Cheers Keith

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Mary Brown   {K:71879} 6/1/2007
Here is another view of the Sun Pillar in which the two Sun Dogs can be seen.

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