Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Urban Nature

I was taking some pictures for a future post when I noticed this tornadic-looking sunset, and by luck a flock of birds came flying by.

Taken on the Northeast side close to Fall Creek Pkwy and Keysone Ave.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

these are called sun pillars

mheidelberger said...

Thanks for the tip; here's what Wikipedia has to say about solar/light pillars:

A light pillar is a visual phenomenon created by the reflection of light from ice crystals with near horizontal parallel planar surfaces. The light can come from the sun (usually at or low to the horizon) in which case the phenomenon is called a sun pillar or solar pillar. It can also come from the moon or from terrestrial sources such as streetlights.

thundermutt said...

Geese in formation: commercial pilot's nightmare.

mheidelberger said...

Lol! This is the captain speaking...We have to make an emergency landing in Fall Creek...

Anonymous said...

Great blue herons seem to like to stand in the rapids on the downstream side of the Keystone bridge here. At least I see them in summer, winter I don't know probably they still hang there. Fall Creek is dammed up here, I'm guessing there must have been a waterfall here before they put the dam in. The water company is close by so I suppose the dam is for collecting Fall Creek water. Some of the books on Indianapolis before it was founded mention the Delaware language name for the area as chanktunoongi "makes a noisy place". The waterfall here could have been what they meant. There are supposed to be some smaller falls on Fall Creek up around Pendleton but that's pretty far away.