That day I was out with some good friends of mine taking a moderate winter hike at the borders between Austria and Czech Republic. During our first rest in the woods above the fog we noticed some lovely glittering crystals falling from the sky. First we thought they’re just falling from the trees. But a little later they became more and more and the scenery started to become really fairytale-like. When we were looking towards the winter sun we could see thousands of tiny crystals in the air. They accompanied us during our whole walk through the forest and they were shimmering in different colors and together they looked like a piece of a rainbow. Later, as we left the forest and reached an open meadow, we noticed that there was a huge stunning halo around the sun which we couldn’t see in the woods. But all the crystals we walked through before were actually the sun dog at the bottom of the halo. Nature’s magic at its best.

Image Details

Location: Šumava National Park, Czech Republic
Date: Januray, 3rd 2016
Light: Sunny
Camera: Canon EOS 5DII
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Focal Length: 275mm
Exposure: 1/400sec
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 250
Filter: –

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