The forecast was for sunny skies but .... you know how that usually turns out! Driving along the highway south of Thompson on a very cold morning of my last day of the trip, I kept an eye on this 'sun halo' that appeared at first very faint but eventually intensified. I finally stopped at a location with a promising foreground. After ensuring that it was safe to exit the vehicle, I mounted my wide angle PC (perspective control) lens onto the camera in order to keep the trees 'straight' and not 'leaning back' as I aimed the lens high to capture mostly sky. It appears somewhat as if spokes are coming through the 'circle of light'.
This great gray owl certainly looked warmer than I was photographing it on the side of the highway just past Swan River. It was frigidly cold and, upon close inspection, you can actually see frost crystals on its face. It waited quite contently, turning its head to one side, then the other, looking for mice. It posed for me for a good 10 minutes before it flew off to a nearby spruce tree where I made a few more captures. Such encounters with wildlife always start the day off on the right foot!