Buddha’s Halo

Here’s photo of a rare ”Buddha’s halo” as it appears over Tianchi Lake (Heavenly Lake) in China:

Buddha's Halo

It’s actually a solar halo, formed by the refraction of light as it goes through ice crystals in the clouds. The phenomenon is only possible when sunlight, clouds or fog, and observers are all in a line, so it’s pretty rare.

Here’s another photo taken on the west side of the same lake, above Denggan Mountain.

Buddha's Halo