I drove out of my way to grab this ice pillar one winter evening.
If I happen to be driving, and see some photographic spectacle start to form in the sky, or elsewhere, I'll often diverge from my planned path. This particular evening, I saw the formation of an ice pillar at sunset. Instead of turning north on my way home, I headed westward.
A few miles down the road from my house, there's this open field and a handy place to park just off the road with a view to the western sky. A perfect spot to get a sunset, especially one with a majority of sky and clouds.
We live in the central plains of the middle of the U. S of A. It doesn't get much flatter than the farm fields around us. It makes a nice plain foreground to an interesting sky. The snow-covered fields give some reflected color of the light show up above.
A sun pillar is a collection of ice crystals in the atmosphere that bend the light just so, usually found in winter. It looks like the sun is beaming a column of light up into the sky. A pretty neat visual phenomena.
I'm thankful that I was driving west that day, and that I followed my muse to meet the setting sun.