Two Suns in the Hog Pen

Most days, the lower hog pen is a pretty ordinary place. But yesterday, the sun was at a very particular angle and the place was transformed.

DCF Hogs at DaybreakAt one point, a strange illusion made it seem as if there were two suns and the world was ablaze.

DCF Hog Pen Two Suns on FireBy the time I returned a short time later after feeding the chickens and sheep, everything had returned to boring normal. Nothing to see here, folks – move along.

Which brought to mind the question, “If a tree falls in the forest and there is nobody to hear, does it make a sound?” How many extraordinary moments do we miss because we hurry on by, arrive a few minutes late, or take off before the best part of the show?

Which seemed like a bit of a sad question to end with… until I considered that every moment contains the potential to be extraordinary if we slow down enough to see what’s in front of our noses, even down in the most boring corner of the hog pen.

5 responses to “Two Suns in the Hog Pen

  1. Gorgeous photo of the “two” suns.

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  2. That’s a good point you make about missing extraordinary moments. Todays Astronomy Picture of the Day is another case in point. http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140104.html
    How easy would have been to not notice the thin Moon and Venus as well as the passing plane? I followed the link to the photographers blog. He explained in lengthy detail how he went very much out of his way to get in the right spot. He was rewarded.

    From what I see in your excellent photos, the hogs weren’t impressed with the suns and crespuscular rays. 🙂

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  3. I love the photos, and that you stopped to take the time to take them! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I went and looked up sun dogs after I read this post, because someone in the Midwest also posted a double sun picture the same day – and learned that sun dogs can involve something called “diamond dust” – I think it’s basically ice crystals, but I love the idea of diamond dust causing the effect.

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