Sun Pillar before Sunset

I wasn't sure at first if this was a strong sun pillar or a bright ray, unfortunately it had faded somewhat by the time I found a safe place to stop.

It remained vertical throughout, though the cloud made it hard to be sure of the sun's exact position.

By the time the sun was visible again any pillar was obscured by other cloud.

Canon EOS 5D   12th March 2011
Wiltshire, England

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