This is a sun-dog. It usually indicates a change coming in the weather.
Now, there's a news flash --changeable weather! We've been enjoying a lot of sunshine up here, while the rest of the country seems to be enjoying a lot of snowfall.
That has provided us with brilliant skating, and good skiing. Excellent downhill conditions are on offer at Hidden Valley. And the toboggan hill? WHEEEEE!
The Baillie family has arrived for their traditional "Bondi New Year" -- this is Year Thirty One. Hitting that toboggan hill is usually the first order of business. Rapidly followed by hitting the skating rink.
Some more snow would make the toboggan and ski runs that much better. The Ancient Mariners were with us all week, and they gave the ski trails and snowshoe trails quite a workout. Reports were excellent, smiles were abundant, but we do have a couple of trails (up through the spruce bog to Hawk Lake) that could use more snow for the groomer. And we can always clear the rink -- Brian iced it yesterday, so the surface is fantastic. So all in all, if the sun-dog is bringing us a change in our cold but very sunny weather, well, surprise! We can handle it!
Meanwhile, it makes for an interesting and lovely sunset.