A sun dog, or parhelion, is an atmospheric phenomenon of an ice crystal halo around the sun. Way cool! Many thanks to IanH, who lives way up North in Alberta, Canada, (click here) for setting me straight. And thanks to CountryDreaming and Dreaming.
Now I wish I had looked at the big picture of the sky, instead of just looking toward the barn. But hey, it was -18F and I was c-c-c-cold. I wonder if the halo was more complete, like this photo on the Internet -
I'm a little embarrassed. My father was a meteorologist, so you'd think I'd know about sun dogs. And my brother Joe writes an astronomy blog for the Deseret News (click here). Here's my favorite photo of Joe -
He was out in the Utah desert with his telescope and laptop. The photo was taken by his friend.