Solar Halo in South Africa

Yesterday was an amazing day as far as weather phenomenon went! I was out in my car looking for a parking space when I noticed everyone pointing up at the sky. I stopped my car, got out and had a look too. There was a huge ring around the sun, truly massive. It was a brilliant and amazing sight to witness. Halos are created by ice crystals that are present in the clouds. When the sun shines on these ice crystals, this beautiful halo effect is created. You can see more halo photos and read more about Solar Halos here.

The Halo above our house, you can see how large it was…

We also had an amazing rain storm last night.

Have an amazing day.
PS I am having a SA Silly Sale on my Etsy shop now!
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26 Responses to Solar Halo in South Africa

  1. Frockfarie November 2, 2010 at 9:45 am #

    Amazing photos, hope you were wearing your sunglasses when you took them.

  2. Linda November 2, 2010 at 10:23 am #

    Dear Frockfarie,
    Thanks so much:) We all had sunglasses on and didn’t look directly at the sun:)

  3. suzanne November 2, 2010 at 11:20 am #

    This was an amazing experience hey Linds. I felt enormous energy beating down.

    Have a great day

  4. Féepoussière November 2, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

    What splendor!
    luckily you have us take this wonderful picture!

  5. WonderWhyGal November 2, 2010 at 12:25 pm #


    I’m so glad you had your camera handy so you could capture it and share with us.

  6. Nadja Magdalena November 2, 2010 at 1:13 pm #

    Beautiful! I have never seen anything like it. Thank you for sharing that!

  7. .::Our Waldorf Home Mama::. November 2, 2010 at 2:25 pm #

    Wow that must have been amazing to witness! Also I did not know that you are in S. Africa! Wonderful!


  8. Linda November 2, 2010 at 4:36 pm #

    Hi Samantha,
    It was amazing, yes we are enjoying Spring at the moment:)
    Take care

  9. Val November 2, 2010 at 5:03 pm #

    That looks so beautiful!
    We woke to snow…which is beautiful too but just a tad nippy lol

  10. Lisa November 2, 2010 at 5:14 pm #

    great shots!! we see them every now and then above our house, but not quite to big.
    have a great week

  11. Moogie November 2, 2010 at 6:30 pm #

    Wow fantastic pics Linda! My relatives in Joburg sent us some pics of the halo too.
    Thanks for capturing it for us all to see

  12. lilasvb November 2, 2010 at 7:14 pm #

    whaou! très beau

  13. Anya November 2, 2010 at 7:17 pm #

    Amazing photographs!

  14. K November 2, 2010 at 9:12 pm #

    Just – wow. Wow. I think it would have frightened me a little. I can see you, closing your eyes and holding the camera up to the sun – hoping you got the composition right.

    By the way, I just want to tell you this: because of you, I now have friends for whom I feel great and real affection – one in Australia, one in Canada, one in the southern US states – and I never would have met them if it hadn’t been for what you’re doing with your blog. what an amazing thing. What an amazing service to us all.

  15. Linda November 2, 2010 at 9:57 pm #

    Dear K
    I was standing there holding my camera up to the sun and really, really hoping that I got the right shot:) I am so happy that you have made all these wonderful connections all over the world by visiting here, that really warms my heart, thank you so much for letting me know:) You are a wonderful friend.

  16. earthboysblog November 3, 2010 at 2:36 am #

    Beautiful Linda, some special energy light sent to all South Africans 🙂 xxx

  17. Valarie November 3, 2010 at 3:43 am #

    Those are the most amazing photos. I would have stopped the car to have a look as well. Just fantastic.

  18. goldenbird November 3, 2010 at 7:54 am #

    Very cool! I’ve never heard of that before. Looks beautiful.

  19. Baa-Me Kniits November 3, 2010 at 1:13 pm #

    Wow what fantastic shots!!!! We have seen that here in FNQ and my weather expert husband of mine wants to know how cold it gets over there in SA??? I told him its about the same as us but he is not convinced about the ice crystals causing the phenomena???? Are you near Johannesburg?? It doesn’t snow there does it?

    PS I have enjoyed creating new friends thru your blog also 🙂 Saw K over at Julies LCR originally….wool is keeping us all connected 🙂

  20. Linda November 3, 2010 at 1:38 pm #

    Hi Baa-Me Kniits
    We live in Johannesburg:) Our winters can sometimes reach -3 C. It doesn’t snow here really, the last time it snowed was in 2007 and it was just for a few hours:)
    I am so glad you have also made new friendships through this blog, how wonderful:)
    Take care

  21. patty-jean November 3, 2010 at 9:12 pm #

    @pattyjeans here. My mother always called these Sun Dogs, usually we see them in winter here in the Canadian prairies – and I was always told that it meant that colder weather was coming.

  22. Wabi-Sabi Wanderings November 4, 2010 at 4:00 am #

    Oh, the things you teach, Linda! That solar halo is astounding. And the friendships you help forge, with rainbow strands of wool (a blend of analogies from K and Baa-Me Kniits). Thank you.

  23. Shannon November 4, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

    Who would have thought ~ ice crystals around the sun? how cool and very, very beautiful…
    …why didn’t they melt?

  24. onegoldensun November 11, 2010 at 4:11 am #

    What a special experience. How wonderful to capture the awe of it in photos. Well done!

  25. lu rogeria maravilhas do trico November 21, 2010 at 12:32 am #

    Parabéns seu blog é muito lindo beijos Brasileiros lu avanço

  26. Rachel November 23, 2010 at 7:10 am #

    WOW!! I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that! How cool!!

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