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Friday, February 03, 2012

Shopping and a Lunar Halo









Yesterday we had absolutely nothing planned, so we ended up going to Destin, which is the area tourist trap. If you love shopping for all kinds of stuff or restaurants, you will love Destin, FL. We had a quick lunch at Panera Bread and then walked two of the shopping areas for those elusive bargains. Anneke did find a few items, but luckily I did not have to hire any bearers to bring the loot to the car.

When returning to the motorhome after dinner with the kids, Anneke noticed a strange ring around the moon. She wondered if an invasion from space was underway. This is a relatively rare event when the cloud conditions are just right. The ring is apparently caused by the light reflecting of the ice crystals in the high cirrus clouds. After a number of attempts, I did manage to get a couple of pictures that, while not really doing justice to the beauty of it, do give some idea of what it looked like. As far as I can remember, this is the first time I have seen one that had he complete circle around the moon. It was something to see!

16 comments:

Sherry said...

Love your header picture. What a background. And the pictures of the Lunar Halo. Not sure my camera would do as well.

Elaine said...

I also love your header pic...actually all your pics...if I knew how to run my darn camera I'd probably be able to zoom in and snap a good one..but alas I'm the person they put 'automatic' feature on for...lol

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

I'm too shaky to get good night pictures and I can never remember where we stashed the tripod in the MH. Probably have to buy a new one and then we'll find the old one.

Judy and Emma said...

I guess I'll keep away from Destin. I'm not into shopping, and it seems I only go out to eat when I have company. :I

Shirley said...

Your pictures are great. I didn't find many bargains today, but did stop at the little stand beside the road and got Plant City Strawberries. Now to make a pie.
Honked and waved Wednesday when we came through Navarre.

meowmomma said...

Here it is said that you should count the number of stars inside the ring and that is the number of days until it snows..... I'm hoping there's a different story for Florida!!!

Karen and Al said...

Too bad I missed the ring around the moon. Thanks for posting the pics.

Gail and Rick (Gypsy Turtles) said...

I, too, love your header picture!

Gulf Islands National Seashore and a Lunar Halo...can't get any better.

E Squared and Mui said...

A moon halo ... neat ... we saw one when we went to the USAF Memorial in DC a couple of years ago for a nighttime visit ... it was a bitterly cold night and the halo was lovely.

Kenny And Angela's Adventure said...

Hey I like that better than ring around tub. Have a good weekend!!

Paul and Marsha Weaver...OCT. 17, 2009 said...

So glad you told us about Destin. When we are in Foley, I always want to take a ride over there but now I have changed my mine. No thank you.
We saw the moon too....beautiful!

Luci & Loree said...

That is a neat picture!

Janie and John said...

Would love to see that halo around the moon!

Laura said...

I think we've seen that ring before, but only when the temps are super cold - oh - maybe those are just tears in my eyes from freezing.

Rick Doyle said...

I don't think there was a ring around the moon here in Desert Hot Springs - I never looked to see. Great pics!

Sweet Meanderings said...

Thanks for telling me about Destin. I've got to visit now! Great pictures of the moon. I don't know if I could get my camera to take a picture like that!
Candy