Wednesday, 6 February 2008
Snowgun jewel from two years back
The morning of 16th March 2006 offered a perfect ending for skiing holiday week for Hinkka family, when a magnificent diamond dust halo display interrupted their outdoor activities near Himos ski resort. Markku Hinkka drew camera out and started shooting the sight. According to his story at least a 120° parhelion along with bunch of other halos was in the sky. However, he did not photograph these due to their less appealing appearence compared to the halos in the vicinity of the Sun.
Markku describes the weather being windless and "very foggy". The temperature was around -10°C. The snowguns were in operation and the halo was visible at least from a distance of 150 m up to 1,5 km from them.
The accompanying image is a collage of several individual photos taken by Markku Hinkka. In the process of making the collage the perspectives of some original photos have been twisted in a very violent manner. In this case the purely illustrative purposes justified the manipulative actions, but if any measurements or comparisons with simulations are intended, such twistings are highly inappropriate. The writer takes full responsibility for these twists.