2016-110 – Sun Halo Mandala

Sun Halo by J Herbs Photography
Sun Halo by Jay Herbst Photography

This week’s MotD theme: Water

New Jersey photographer, Jay Herbst, shot this extraordinary photo of a sun halo that occurred on May 14, 2013. What a spectacular capture…mother nature creating her own mandala in the sky, with the sun in its center and its rays dividing it into eight symmetrical sections.

From EarthSky.org about halos:

There’s an old weather saying: ring around the moon means rain soon. There’s truth to this saying, because high cirrus clouds often come before a storm. …[even though the sky may be clear] halos are a sign of high thin cirrus clouds drifting 20,000 feet or more above our heads.

These clouds contain millions of tiny ice crystals. The halos you see are caused by both refraction, or splitting of light, and also by reflection, or glints of light from these ice crystals. The crystals have to be oriented and positioned just so with respect to your eye, in order for the halo to appear.

That’s why, like rainbows, halos around the sun – or moon – are personal. Everyone sees their own particular halo, made by their own particular ice crystals, which are different from the ice crystals making the halo of the person standing next to you.

Inspiration for Today

Today’s MotD shows water in a different, more solid form: ice. How fascinating that because of its structure, each of us sees the same halo differently, from our own perspective. It reminds us of the adage:

“You never really know a man until you understand things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” – Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird.

Happy Coloring!

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