CityMash.com - It turns out Vancouver isn’t the only beautiful city in Canada. Our eastern neighbours in North Bay, Ontario were treated to a stunning rare sight: a weather phenomenon called light pillars.
Light pillars occur when light bounces off of ice crystals that are floating close to the ground. In North Bay, it was so cold that ice crystals were forming in mid air. The light pillars appeared as the city’s lights bounced off the ice crystals.
The amazing photo of the light pillars was captured by North Bay resident Timothy Joseph Elzinga who can thank his two year old son for helping him get the shot.
Elzinga explains, “He started crying at 1:30 a.m., so I got up and soothed him … and out the window I had the perfect view of these dancing lights in the sky. I had to investigate. I got some pants on and ran outside and took some photos.”
Elzinga described the lights as bright, supernatural and like something out of Star Trek trying to beam people up. Despite the cold weather, Elzinga was soon joined outdoors by his neighbours who were eagre to see the amazing light pillars in person.
Have you ever seen light pillars? And more importantly, would you stand outside in North Bay’s frigid winter weather to see them?