One of the more commonly encountered atmospheric optical phenomena, a 22-degree solar halo is caused by ice-crystals (typically associated with light wispy cirrus cloud) refracting the sun's light, giving the effect of a circular ring spectrum like a rainbow, centred on the sun.


I saw this one as I was driving along the side of Loch Lochy as the sun had set below the level of the mountains on the other side of the loch.


After shooting a few stills, I thought it would be interesting to watch the evolution of the halo, as its strength varied, so I made a timelapse video of the clouds moving.




Technical details: Canon EOS550D, 130 frames at 4s intervals for 8.5 minutes.
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