Pillar of ice Vermillion residents were treated to an unusual phenomenon in the skies one day last week. Vermillion residents were treated to an unusual phenomenon in the skies one day last week. You had to be up and moving about before sunrise and looking at the eastern sky to see it. A crimson pillar of light appeared to be shooting straight out of the top of Farmer's Elevator as a part of an occurring sunrise. The shaft of light disappeared quickly as the sun continued its upward path. With a little research on the Internet, it was discovered this vertical feather of light is called a sun pillar. Pillars occur in the sky when snow and ice crystals reflect light forward from a strong source such as the sun. They can also be formed by moonlight and and some artificial light sources as well. For more information, one source on the Internet is: http://www.islandnet.com/"see/weather/eyes/pillars.htm.