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PHOTO GALLERY: Sun, wind and snow

Thursday, February 3, 2011 | 1:10 p.m. CST; updated 7:31 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 3, 2011
The wind leaves its mark in the ridges of snow Wednesday morning in Stephens Lake Park.

Missourian photographers document the beauty of Columbia's new snowscapes.

The harsh beauty of winter is echoed in the silhouette of thorns against the untrampled snow Wednesday at Stephens Lake Park.
The sun lights up the freshly fallen snow Wednesday just after dawn, casting long shadows in Stephens Lake Park.
Early morning light illuminates the edge of a snow drift near Riechmann Pavilion in Stephens Lake Park on Wednesday. The highlight on the right side of the drift is sunlight reflecting off one of the windows of the pavilion.
Columbia residents awoke to a chilly Thursday morning as the sun rose near Stephens Lake Park. The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for Boone County.  
In the early Thursday morning light, a parhelion or solar halo, is seen in the sky to the left of the sun from Stephens Lake Park. A parhelion is caused when ice crystals in the atmosphere refract the light of the sun. 

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