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Originally published Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 2:43 PM

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Ring around the totem

Seattle Times reader Seth McOmber’s photo of a solar halo silhouetting a totem pole at Butchart Gardens.

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Photographer: Seth McOmber, Seattle

Photo taken: June 15, Butchart Gardens, Victoria, B.C.

Photographer's description: "Here’s a photo I nabbed while vacationing on Vancouver Island. I was disappointed to not get the entire halo into the shot, but later learned that solar halos always present at 22 degrees and most cameras (including my iPhone 4) can only capture 20."

Expert says: "Sweet halo! I actually kind of enjoy not seeing the entire halo. You could play with that and crop down from the top a bit so there is almost a semicircle. The totem pole’s silhouette makes this photo special and cropping would also make it more dominant in the photo."

-- Katie Greene, Seattle Times photo staff

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