Week 49. A weak sun pillar.

Wednesday morning of week 49 saw me down at the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline before sunrise.

As the sun came up a weak sun pillar formed over the Niagara Escarpment. Sun pillars form when there are suitable ice crystals in the atmosphere. The pillar is the sunlight reflecting off the crystals.

The sun pillar is the perpendicular beam of light in the centre of the frame above the Niagara Escarpment.

Sun pillar over Colpoy's Bay.

Just to side track for a minute, my week 29 photo ‘A bird in the rain‘ is featured in a 2019 birds calender.

Week 47. Snow covered shoreline at dawn.

Saturday morning of week 47 saw me down at Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise. I wasn’t planning on being down there as the weather forecast was for rain starting before sunrise. I checked the local weather when the alarm went off which was reporting mostly cloudy but dry so I decided to head out.

I get the current weather conditions from the nearest Environment Canada Weather Station which is at Wiarton Airport. The airport is across Colpoy’s Bay on top of the Niagara Escarpment. In this shot the airport is to the left of the right hand tree.

The band of clear sky over the Niagara Escarpment didn’t last long before it was full cloud cover. The dark specks on the foreground snow are seeds from one of the trees on the shoreline.

Snow covered shoreline at dawn.

16 minutes before sunrise.

A slightly later shot of the sunrise over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment from Sunday morning of week 41. This was as colourful as it got. As the sun came up the cloud got thicker and the colour faded.

I used a graduated neutral density filter to balance the exposure for the sky and water.

Sunrise over Colpoy's Bay and the Niagara Escarpment.

Week 41. 29 minutes before sunrise.

Sunday morning of week 41 saw me down at Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise. I was hoping for some sun and blue skies after the sunrise to get some shots of the autumn colour. It clouded over more after this shot was taken. I didn’t realise that the sun had risen until I checked the time.

This shot was taken 29 minutes before sunrise and is a 60 second exposure to soften the water. I used a neutral density filter to lengthen the exposure and a graduated neutral density filter to balance the exposure for the sky and water.

Colpoy's Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at dawn.