|Ski Slope Halos ~
Dazzlingly bright ice halos at Saint Jean D'Aulps, France. Imaged by Saskia Koper-Groenevelt on 31st December, '14.
©Saskia Koper-Groenevelt, shown with permission
The halos are from almost optically perfect hexagonal prism ice crystals that slowly form downwind of snow cannons. The crystals grow on tiny seed nuclei emitted by the cannons. They are there to promote snow formation - Halo forming crystals are a splendid by-product.
This display - like others - is rich in Parry oriented crystals. We see a rare suncave Parry, even rarer helic arcs and Parry supralaterals.
The HaloSim ray tracing at left reproduces the halos. Those in Saskia's image are labelled in blue.