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The circular aperture aperture flare blobs you speak of were created by the mist (small water droplets) on my lens and filters.
A pretty cool looking shot except for the flaring from the lens. I would really suggest that you clean that up. It pays to keep the lens clean when shooting, just for that reason. Though shooting into the sun will produce the aperture shaped flares no matter what. That's where taking a 2nd shot blocking the sun provides a good background to blend out those flares.
You have a great view, and except for the flaring a really special shot. I would take the extra time and clean that up.