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simon3
2009-06-02 16:57:20
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Sun Pillar
Some while before sunrise on the last day of May 09 I saw this odd phenomena in the Dingle sky. Although I've seen many of the unusual atmospheric phenomena like Brocken Spectre or crepuscular rays, I don't recall seeing anything quite like this before.

There's some very reddish sky, clouds and a few aircraft contrails (so common over Dingle.) However the broad, bright vertical shape is unusual in the pre-dawn sky. It turns out it is a "Sun Pillar". From the Atmospheric Optics website "They are narrow columns of light apparently beaming directly up and sometimes downwards from the sun. They can be 5 -10º tall and occasionally even higher. Pillars are not actually vertical rays, they are instead the collective glints of millions of ice crystals. Pillars take on the colours of the sun and clouds, they can appear white and at other times shades of yellow, red or purple."

Now, I'd love to tell you that I had climbed one of the 800's thereabouts and had been waiting patiently for hours for such a vision. However the truth was it was a flooky view out of the B&B window. I can also tell that there was no tinkering with the colour in photoshop - it really was that red at 04:45. There's more at http://www.atoptics.co.uk/halo/pilpic8.htm


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Meenavally: A pleasant walk to theTower
BigFly 3 hours ago.
Lovely pleasant walk

  
Forum: General
Walker's €40k claim against NPWS overturned i
brenno 2 days ago.
Great news from High Court as that €40k ruling in favour of that walker who tripped on the Wicklow Way boardwalk near the JB Malone memorial overturned in High Court. We can all toast Judge White ...

  
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Sgurr Thuilm: If Allt a' Choire Charnaig in spate there's a small footbridge u
melohara a week ago.
If the Allt a' Choire Charnaig is in spate there is a small footbridge, wires and planks, a little upstream

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Sgurr nan Coireachan: If Allt a' Choire Charnaig in spate there's a small foot
melohara a week ago.
If the Allt a' Choire Charnaig is in spate there is a small footbridge, wires and planks, a little upstream

  
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The Big Gun: A Big View
mcrtchly a week ago.
A view of the Big Gun, Cnoc na Péiste and the southern ridge of the Reeks taken after a light fall of snow in late January 2017

  
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Sgurr a'Choire Riabhaich: If Allt a' Choire Charnaig in spate there's a small
melohara a week ago.
If the Allt a' Choire Charnaig is in spate there is a small footbridge, wires and planks, a little upstream

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Near Church Mountain, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)
Bunsen7 5 days ago.
Took this track to bag Church Mountian and then Corriebracks on a cold wet winter afternoon. Visibility was poor high... walk, Len: 11.0km, Climb: 603m, Area: Church Mountain, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland

  
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Tievebaun: Crash of 42-31420 in 1943
dp_burke 2 weeks ago.
Just a quick link to the story of 42-31420's crash on Tievebaun as I found it.http://www.ww2irishaviation.com/42-31420.htmIf you do go up top the small bit of wreckage that is left, please don't r...

  
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Sugar Loaf Circular
tommyclarke 4 days ago.
walk, Len: 5.4km, Climb: 404m, Area: Great Sugar Loaf, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)...

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Slievenaglogh: Interesting views from a minor summit.
simon3 2 weeks ago.
While it's never going to be hard to climb a 310m hill, this one does put up something of a fight when approaching it from the North, with defenses of mush rush, barbed gorse and little tracks.The...

  
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Lannimore Hill: A nice walk
Wilderness 3 weeks ago.
You can park at the south side of Lannimore Hill ; close to where the Ballinlea and Maghery roads meet: D042426. Wanting to do a longer walk I parked at Ballintoy and walked the wildest way up ,(...

  
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A Birthday Walk in Joyce Country
GSheehy 6 days ago.
?Enjoy your day on the mountain tomorrow, a fabulous way to start ones 52nd year on the Earth.? That was the text me walk, Len: 39.3km, Climb: 2087m, Area: Devilsmother South Top, Partry/Joyce Co


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