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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Ring A Round..........

I had gone for my usual walk the other day and always stop at my favourite Cafe for a nice hot cuppa. When I left the shop, I looked up in the sky and WOW. This ring was so large, that I had to climb to the top of a large hill, just to get a better shot. In the second photo, you can just see a corner of blue sky and a wee touch of river.
It was a very cloudy day. These clouds, being so high in the sky, are made from ice crystals. The properties of the ice crystals reflect and refract light in such a way as to cause a "ring around the sun".  Since high clouds typically precede unsettled weather; it is said, a halo around the sun or moon means rain or snow is on the way.....we got both.
This "Halo" around the sun is also known as a "22 degree halo or sun halo", as they are seen quite often and in all seasons. The crystals bend direct sunlight, projecting it elsewhere into the sky and at a certain angle - you guessed it - 22 degrees - a halo or ring can be seen around the sun.
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7 comments:

DJan said...

Fascinating! Thanks for getting these pictures for me (and maybe a few others) to enjoy. :-)

Gail said...

This is amazing. Never saw one before.

biebkriebels said...

Amazing picture, well done.

Red said...

Great photos and description. I've never seen this that I remember. I will be watching. I guess I'll have to go for a cuppa!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Good early afternoon, Lilly! Thanks for stopping by and yes, you could very easily make one of those umbrella arrangements with NO trouble at all. Moss, flowers and a ribbon..a pretty nest is always nice in Spring.
I've seen a ring around the moon before, but never, ever on like that. How beautiful and amazing. You did such a great job of recording it for us to see and admire. Thanks for taking the time to do that and to explain how it is made.
Sending love to Canada!!
Mona

Gattina said...

Thank you for your kind words about the Brussels'attack. It's such a tragedy. Fortunately I live outside Brussels, but still we have neighbors or friends who work in Brussels and couldn't get back home yesterday evening. There are still people who couldn't be identified.

Jackie said...

These are magnificent!!!
What a beautiful sight to behold.