BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – A Boulder photographer believes he captured a rare phenomenon on Monday evening when he was inspecting the burn area of the CalWood Fire. The display of light is known as light pillars or ice pillars.
“At first we thought it was just a glint of light in our periphery. We noticed this hovering light source wasn’t moving at all. It was just this constant ray of light floating in space,” said Willie Cunningham.READ MORE: Volunteers Build Wheelchair-Accessible Deck In Castle Rock So Boy Can Enjoy His Backyard
He posted pictures to Instagram and has seen it spread quickly online.
Cunningham admits he didn’t know what he was looking at. The photo shows ice crystals refracting light. He thinks it was a light pillar, like what was seen last February in Denver.READ MORE: Road Rage Leads To Shooting On Interstate 25 In Denver
“Apparently it needs to be very calm and frigid,“ Cunningham said. “It was dead still, no wind, and the sun was setting. It was pretty low. That was the only reasonable explanation I could find on the internet.”
He’s hoping, whatever the weather phenomenon was, that people continue to enjoy its beauty.MORE NEWS: Aurora Shooting Leaves 1 Man Dead & 17 Year Old Injured
“I’m just happy people are enjoying it to be honest.” Cunningham said.