It was beautiful; and could be powerful. It was a captivating view from afar. Closer, it could be dangerous or at least make you to slow down.
The forecast showed heavy rain, but we decided to chance it. This particular cloud spared us, but it had rained in some parts in Texas during our weekend road trip from Houston.
Texas encompasses several regions with varying climates. Storms and tornadoes are not uncommon, and overall, the state gets about 31 inches of rain annually, compared to 39 inches for the United States.
When we arrived in the Hill Country, the rain had dissipated, and we enjoyed a beautiful and peaceful night of camping out under the stars and the one big halo’ed moon, a promise of yet bigger rain somewhere.
The ring around the Moon is caused by the refraction of Moonlight from ice crystals in the upper atmosphere. The hexagonal shape of the ice crystals results in a focusing of the light into a ring.
As of the number of stars within the ring, I saw at least seven. Folklore has it that the number of stars within the moon ring signifies the number of days before the storm arrives. We had it on the very next night! (more on it later).
We were fortunate though, for the weather was clear and it was cool the next day when we climbed the Enchanted Rock!