Today I was enjoying the best (weather)day of 2010 so far here in the Pacific Northwest. While outside spending Mothers day on the slip-n-slide with
the kids (yes, we put our swimsuits on and get wet when it hits the 60's
), I looked up as I do more and more lately to see one of the best sun
halos of my life. It was huge, bright and lasted for hours.
Being an amateur photographer, I ran for my camera and did my best at photographing it. I used my hand to block the worst of the sun's rays and to
preserve my prized camera.
These Images were taken at about 1:30 PM in the NW corner of Washington State, on 5/09/2010 with a Nikon D40....about
25 zoom, no filter.
Title: "I can't quite put my thumb on it"
Title: "Catching the sun"
No, I do not see any hidden planets behind the sun, and no those little things you see in the one with my thumb are NOT UFO's , but a small cluster
of nats buzzing above me while I lay on the grass.
While looking at the images I captured I thought of sharing them with my friends here at ATS. I know you all like to speculate about these amazing
performances mother nature puts on for us. SO, what do you think?
Personally, I think that most likely it is the generic, boring explanation of ice crystals hitting the atmosphere, or something like that. You can
read more about it HERE
Then there are those that speculate it precedes a large earthquake. There are numerous reports of them being seen before and after large quakes.
is an article from Time online about it. In the article it talks
about how supposedly if it has a 'backwards' rainbow where the blue points towards the sun and the red towards the horizon, it means it is a
warning. I have studied these images and while I can see the red, it looks as if it fades to a lighter (either light blue or white) away from it, and
then there is a deeper color between it and the sun...either a purple or very dark blue. (might just be the atmosphere) So I am on the fence with
There are other theories about these halos and HAARP. I found a few things on-line about this, but I just can't bring myself to provide the links
because then I feel like I am supporting it, which I am not. I have to at least say something about it though, because I know it will come up.
I am sure there are many other theories out there that I have not thought of or ever heard about. Just thought it might be fun to share the pictures
and maybe stir up an interesting conversation!
(If anyone wants to see these at full resolution, I will upload them to my photo album)