Last week's snowfall blanketed parts of New Mexico with fresh powder, which also resulted in a rare natural phenomena. When the weather is just right (in this case, pretty cold), light from the sun's rays collide with ice crystals in the atmosphere and frozen drops of water make the light appear as if it's bending. Vacationers in the right place at the right time were able to capture some fantastic shots.
The phenomena was shot over Red River, New Mexico last week. Red River is tucked away in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Taos County. It's a popular resort town for skiers, hikers fishermen, and families looking to get away and relax off the grid. The town is small. Like, super small. It's population is just under 500, and in many ways it's a diamond in the rough.
The pillars of light create a 22-degree halo, "created by six-sided, or hexagonal, ice crystals."
Picture courtesy of Joshua Thomas. Annotation and documentation by NWS La Crosse, WI and Les Crowley.