IMG_1388 sunrise sun ghost med 2014

Sometimes, with my face to the camera, I don’t see the surprises that are waiting for me when I get home and upload the day’s work –
like this subtle ghost of the sun watching itself rise so brilliantly a few degrees to the east.

halo Haw river meadow IMG_8388

I sent this photo to WRAL and Mike Moss of the weather bureau was kind enough to reply with the following explanation of what I photographed at 8:06 AM this morning at the Jordan Lake dam using my iPhone 5S. The photo is not edited in any way.

“Hi Ellen, You captured a nice example of the 22-degree halo, formed by light passing through a layer of millions of tiny hexagonal ice crystals that happen to be both well-formed and more or less randomly oriented. That happens on occasion with sheets of high cirrus clouds like those passing over the area this morning.”
[the small green dot at the top of the halo is from my iPhone]

_RK_7994 helix hydroelectric unit sm 2014

helix staircases for the hydroelectric units, Jordan Lake dam, at sunrise


_RK_7062 mallard swimming away medium 2014

what do you do
when friend
hurt battered betrayed bruised
aches bone deep
swims away from your calls
what do you do
when friend
mute depressed angry dark
looks away
leaves once known shores and you
_RK_7077 gbh flies away medium 2014 (1)
what do you do
when friend
haunted by other’s hate
fails to see
your heart open waiting
what do you do
when friend
bolts in hopeless blind flight
seeking light
comes to where your soul waits
you gift the gathered hope
your heart has sheltered
IMG_0296 sunrise poem medium 2014