Sun pillar at Frankfort Lighthouse

You might see a sun pillar – or light pillar – extending upward (or downward) from a bright light source. They’re caused by ice crystals drifting in Earth’s air.

Jerry James Photography caught this sun pillar on the last weekend of 2017, at Frankfort Lighthouse in Frankfort, Michigan.

Read more: What is a sun pillar or light pillar?

Deborah Byrd