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15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Sun Pillar over Seattle

One of the strangest sunsets I've ever seen, over Elliott Bay in Seattle. Just as the sun dipped below the horizon, this incredible vertical beam of light extended upward from the setting sun. These sun pillars form when sunlight reflects off the surfaces of ice crystals drifting in the air.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 12.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2017
Photo Location: Seattle, Washington, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D800
Copyright: © Navid Baraty