Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. Thomas Merton

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Late Afternoon Rainbow, August 8, 2011



After a late thunderstorm yesterday, there was an incredible rainbow in the east as the sun was setting. I was unable to photograph all of it because of the amount of sky it covered. The northern portion of the bow, although fairly faint, was visible from about 500-800 feet up and extended all the way up and across the sky to an elevation of at least 75 to 80 degrees, but then appeared to be obstructed by clouds. I think it was actually that the sun was so low in the sky that the prismatic phenomnenon of the sun shining through water droplets did not occur. The southern portion of the bow was mostly obscured except for the lowest portion which was extremely brilliant and presented a double bow image. Because I was driving and had access only to my cell phone camera, I was unable to get photos. When I could, I pulled off the road and got the southernmost part that, by the time I could photograph it, looked more like a sun dog than a rainbow. I have never seen such intense colors. The "trail" to the left of the the bow fragment is not a camera effect, but the brightness of the sky.The double portion of the bow is faintly visible to the right. This photo does not do justice to the brilliance of the light and color. It was made from the side of the road through the windshield of the van. Apologies for light poles, power lines, car interior, etc. When I tried getting shots out the car window, I got more street "stuff," gave up and just took what I could. Of the several photos I took, this one shows the intensity of the color of the bow the best. Click to enlarge.

9 comments:

  1. You get some of the best shots of natural phenomena whether you use a cell phone camera or some other camera!

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  2. I learned from another website that is a "sundog"...love to see other people's pictures. Just beautiful. God is in it all.

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  3. Your comment on St Blaise interested me so I did a little look-see into him. Had no idea about his connection to combs, Thanks for the info...bet you are a great teacher.

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  4. Very cool shot. And the sunpillar information was interesting, too. I've seen them, didn't know they had a name.

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  5. Yay for rainbows! They are hard to get on camera but beautiful to see. I got to see one on Monday afternoon, in between some big storms here, but didn't have my camera with me. You did a good job!
    Smile today. :)

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  6. so beautiful!! especially with the sun's ray shooting right through it!!

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  7. I can hear in your words how overwhelmed you were by the awesome beauty of the bow. They are difficult to capture with a lens. Perhaps God intended for them to be more of a heart-thing and He captured yours with it! Thanks for the word picture!

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  8. I never get to see rainbows any more!! haha too many trees round here! I'm wondering if that is 231 Bunnits? Great to see familiar places from my blog buddies

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