Pillar of light rises over mountains at sunset

Wow, what a sight at sunset around Seattle Tuesday evening.

Our Dan Lewis was out snapping photos and got this great shot of sun pillar as the sun dropped below the Olympic Mountains and horizon.

The pillars are caused by ice crystals in clouds positioned in just the right way that it reflects the sun light in this column-like fashion.

You can find out more on this neat phenomenon at the Atmospheric Optics site

Here is time lapse video of the event, courtesy of KOMO photographer Dan Magden: