Christina: depends on what you're trying to fetch, I guess lol
(I'm sure it's some fabulously valuable historic piece, but... Anyway, thanks for the giggle!)
Martin: It's still a great picture nonetheless (I was just teasing), as was your last one. I DO understand "hoping to injure neither the camera or myself) thing though. If we're somewhere "up high" like overlooking a canyon, on a bridge, boat/ship, I have to get hubby to hang onto the belt loops on the back of my jeans. Seems I can't (esp as I get older) try to maintain my own balance without hanging onto something myself (which makes it REALLY hard to take a picture lol). However, I can chew gum and walk at the same time, so perhaps all is not lost ~~~.
Osimini: I'm presuming since you asked the question, that (to the naked eye) that's fairly close to what it really looked like as opposed to the camera "taking over" lol. So I'll throw in my two bits (11 cents after taxes lol)
I personally am not an expert by any means, but the eclipse suggestion seems sort of iffy to me (but since none of the rest of us saw it in person, who knows? lol). I think it could be either a corona illusion or a halo. We get a lot of different halos up here in Canada (the most frequently seen is what we would call "sun dogs"). Here, they occur generally in the winter when there is a very sunny, very cold day. If we see them, we know it's going to be 40 below outside lol.
Anyway, I realise you're in a different part of the world, but I'm sure ice crystals in the upper atmosphere occur there too on occasion. Similar effects happen with the moon as well. I have seen full/complete halos of the moon in the Arizona desert, so I guess they can happen anywhere (and probably more than once in a blue moon lol).
Inserting a link here (that is really about the skies you can see in the Arctic), but I'm sure the basic physics apply everywhere. Hope you find it helpful. And if not, at least interesting : )http://nsidc.org/cryosphere/arctic-meteorology/phenomena.html
The NASA website (and associated links) store quite a lot of "unusual sightings" based on location, so I suppose you could try to do a search on the latitude/longitude and date/time the photo was taken. Might be tedious and perhaps fruitless though. If all else fails, maybe you can find a "contact us" link on one of their sites, upload the picture and ask for a more educated opinion.
Copago: forgot to mention how different the Bingo cards look over there compared to ours (I wouldn't even know if I'd won if I played those lol). Just goes to show that one learns something new around here every day : )
Howie: all your pictures make me want to move to New Zealand (don't worry, i'm not a stalker LOL!)