I just happened to be passing by a west facing window on a summer night when the sight of this made my jaw drop. I raced, out of breath, to the edge of the cornfield with my camera in hand and the dog at my heels. It all faded away in five minutes. Cumulonimbus were on the skyline intersecting the setting sun.
Sun Columns appear when the last light of the setting sun is filtered through layers of ice particles. This reminded me of the pillar of fire in the Ten Commandments. It faded quite fast so I had to be nimble about finding the right spot off the road where I first saw it.