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I know it’s a trivial name for so majestic a spectacle, but I couldn’t think of any other distinguishing feature by which to describe it.

As I’ve noted before, it’s unusual for so many gorgeous dawns to occur this early. It’s also unusual to see high altitude clouds extending east to west, as this mighty “tube” does. Usually these formations keep mainly to the southeast.

What’s not unusual is the short-lived nature of the event. The first frame was recorded at 7:39 am. Only six minutes later, when the last frame was shot, the tube had dissipated, no doubt blown away by high altitude winds.

If you peer closely at the bottom, left corner of the last frame, you’ll see our current resident swan family — cob, pen and four fully fledged signets.

Dawn arrived at 7:17 am that day, which was October 31, 2012, but the sun takes another twenty minutes to surmount the eastern ridge. The time of each photo is noted under it.

Below, I’ve linked two lovely dawns from October of last year, when I first became aware of such elaborate displays in the tenth month.

See related posts: Vapor trails at Dawn*, Pearly Dawn*.

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