Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Lunar Halo



“When halo rings the moon or sun, rain’s approaching on the run”

This morning as I was leaving for work I looked up into the early morning sky and noticed a perfect “ring” around the full moon. What a beautiful sight to see on a crisp morning. This “ring” is actually caused by ice crystals contained in a thin vale of cirrostratus clouds. The moonlight passing through these crystals give the effect of a ring or halo around the moon. In folklore this means that there is a change in the weather coming, such as snow or rain. This belief actually has some truth to it.

I wonder how many people took notice of this manifestation? How many stopped and gazed at this incredible sight. I’d be willing to bet not many. Nowadays most people look at something such as this without even giving it a moment’s notice or a single thought. It’s really a shame that many don’t stand in awe of nature’s many wonderful displays.

Moon Folklore



Photo courtesy Hustvedt

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3 Comments:

Blogger Kiwi said...

I agree with you that it's a shame many people don't even notice, let alone appreciate, such beautiful sights. I feel sorry for someone who takes more notice of what's happening on reality TV than what's happening all around them in the REAL world. The only thing I can do is impress a sense of wonder, awe, and respect for Nature on my children.

7:53 AM  
Blogger Camera Trap Codger said...

You must have been born a moon baby. So was I.

6:50 PM  
Blogger Jace Stansbury said...

Kiwi- amen to that. Expose your children to all of nature's wonders, because they could be its future stewards.

Codger- I think you're right ;)

6:44 PM  

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