Ponca is a tiny recreational river community, located in the headwaters area of the upper Buffalo National River in northwest Arkansas.
Winter is a wonderful time for night sky photography in this region as it enjoys little to no light pollution, as well as elevations in the Ozark Mountains (1,800 - 2,300 ft) that provide crisp, clear star gazing, including quality opportunities to photograph the Milky Way.
Two nights before Christmas 2012, this beautiful, gigantic halo appeared around the moon, indicating that a winter storm was headed our way. Sure enough, two days later the sleet, snow and howling winds arrived, making me a believer in the halo as a harbinger of coming wintry weather. As a bonus, Jupiter was shining brightly in close proximity to the moon, so I was able to include it in the frame.