- Title: Winter Halo
- State/Province/Region: Arkansas
- Country: United States
- Nearest Area: Buffalo National River
- Nearest Town: Ponca
- Brief Directions: Ponca is a tiny recreational river community, located in the headwaters area of the upper Buffalo National River in northwest Arkansas.
- Notes: 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.
- Best Season: Winter
- Description: 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.
- Gear: Nikon D800 camera; Nikkor 24mm lens; Hoya UV filter; Manfrotto ballhead and carbon fiber tripod
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