Our amazing world: Last night’s halo

Published March 30, 2015   Posted in Having some fun

Allow me a moment to divert completely away from the topic of financial independence a minute and talk about what an amazing natural world that we live in.  Last night, one of our dogs – that RARELY barks unless something is truly wrong – started barking by the back door.  Naturally, my wife and I responded, but there seemed to be nothing there.

Last night's halo around the moonI went out into the backyard with my dog to check things out – again, nothing.  I suppose it was a false alarm.  But, just as I was about to call it a night and return to our comfy couch, I looked up and saw something amazing.  It was one of the biggest, brightest and beautiful halos around the moon that I’ve ever had the privilege of witnessing.

Of course, the photography side of me quickly kicked in and I ran inside to grab my Nikon digital camera, a wide-angle lens and a tripod.  I started shooting 30-second exposures and literally hoped for the best.  Even in the pitch black (minus a few ground lights here and there), it is amazing the detail that can be picked out of the darkness with long exposures.

I remembered something last night, too.  Our natural world, when we take a minute to observe it, is just amazing.

And if it wasn’t for our dog who was seemingly barking at nothing, I probably would have completely missed this beautiful sight as my attention was entirely focused, perhaps ironically, on writing another article for this very blog.

But, some things in nature deserve our attention.  The article can wait.  Halos like this don’t happen very often, and I’m glad that I got to witness it.

Last night's halo around the moon

Last night's halo around the moon


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8 responses to “Our amazing world: Last night’s halo”

  1. I have the perfect phrase to describe that: “HOLY CRAP!” That is awesome! I didn’t even know moon halos existed. It’s not something you see in the Northeast.

    PS – What kind of frugalite are you with an in-ground pool!?!? 😉

    • Ha! I know, the pool (and the gas-powered fire pit) are totally, completely and wholeheartedly overkill. But hey, we bought the house well before we decided to retire early, so now we’re going to fix this sucker up before we move north in a couple of years and hopefully turn this thing into one heck of an investment.

      The best part? A good viewing area for moon halos. 🙂

      • As a fellow pool owner, I can say that there is no need to justify having one. All you have to do is point to the thermometer in the summer and say “nope, you stand out here and let your principles keep you cool!” I can think of a very short list of things better than floating in a nice cool pool on a hot summer day , adult beverage in hand.

        • It is amazing how quickly a pool cools you off – even in the heat of the day where the water is 80 degrees or warmer, it’s instant heat relief.

          You included the operative phrase, though, in your description – “adult beverage in hand”. 🙂

  2. Jason says:

    Wow, a fantastic photo. I don’t think I have ever taken a good photo in my life. The one that is on my blog is one I took in Greece, but other than that I don’t think I have a good one. After you retire you might do your own exhibition.

    • Thanks Jason! I have quite a few ideas on how I can start bringing in some income through my photography. One is very close to your suggestions, an exhibition. There are art shows and other street fairs where I might be able to rent a space and display my stuff.

      The sky is the limit, and I think after retirement does eventually hit, that’s when the REAL fun begins. 🙂

  3. Hannah says:

    Nighttime skies are my absolute favorite of the natural wonders, and one I see all too infrequently living in the city.

    When I was younger, I got to see the Northern lights a few times, and I relish camping nights when I can stare at the gazillions of stars in the sky.

    The halo effect is something I’ve never seen, so thanks for capturing it for us (and I love the long exposure- my husband and I have a long exposure wedding photograph that is a favorite).

    • Thanks Hannah, and you’re welcome. 🙂

      I have never seen the northern lights but would love to one of these days. We are planning an Alaskan cruise for next year, so perhaps that’ll be my opportunity to capture that beautiful scene first hand.

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