The unexpected photograph- Sun Halo

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When I’m not photographing people, I always look for different things that draw my attention. I want to catch them in a photograph. Today was a pretty good day and I spent it chacing butterflies, cats, watching birds and admiring the late summer wild flowers.

Late in the afternoon I wandered outside again. It got a bit hazy but the sun was still out. Standing in the shade of a tree, I spotted something extra-ordinary; a ring around the sun!

Also known as a 22 degree halo or a sun halo, the ring is caused by sunlight passing through ice crystals in cirrus clouds within the Earth’s atmosphere. It also sometimes appears around the moon, mostly in winter. It is said that it predicts a storm or at least rain. So we’ll wait and see.

I often use a polarising filter on my lens for landscapes & daytime photography and today I had my polarised sunglasses on me. It made the halo more defined so I think that was why I spotted it so quick! It became a truly unexpected photograph.

Here it is! Have you ever seen such a halo? Have you ever photographed one?


22 degree Sun Halo

Halo around the sun in my back yard

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