Saturday, June 15, 2013

365 Inspirations—166: Ring Around the Sun and Other Phenomenons of Nature

“Do you see that out there? The strange, unfamiliar light? It's called the sun. Let's go get us a little.” —Nora Roberts

My husband and I are housesitting on Puget Sound this weekend and it couldn't have been a more perfect day. First, I'm officially on break and second, the weather was up in the 70s!

While walking around Greenlake today in Seattle, we spotted many people in bikinis, shorts and tank tops on blankets in the the grass reading novels or magazines and taking in the sun, which is actually rare this time of year. 

I remember last year in June, right before I went on my east coast book tour, my best friend from high school came over still wearing her down jacket.

But not today! There were even people swimming in Greenlake today.

While we were walking around Greenlake, we noticed a bunch of people looking up at the sky and pointing. Many were taking pictures with their cell phones. Some even shouted out, "We are going to be invaded by aliens!" or "It's earth's black star!"

What was it exactly? It was a halo around the sun that is formed by cirrus clouds containing ice crystals. The ice crystals refract the light of the sun giving the appearance of a rainbow or ring around the sun. It is one of those phenomenons of nature.

Later that afternoon we went to see Superman (another phenomenon of nature) and returned to the house where we are house sitting and cooked up salmon, mashed sweet potatoes, corn on the cob and  marinated tomato and mushroom salad. The sun was setting over Puget Sound and the light of the sun shone through one of the front windows of the house to a wall of windows in the back casting a glow over me in the backyard.

Today the sunlight danced and played all day. It was quite the show and I will not forget it!

Did you ever witness a phenomenon of nature?

1 comment:

  1. Love the picture. Nature is amazing!