Friday, October 29, 2010

Fiddle and Banjo

Friday, October 22, 2010

Double Rainbow

Last month in September after an autumn rainstorm, we saw an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime double rainbow arching completely over the field right behind our back yard. To say it was breathtaking is an understatement. It lasted about 20 minutes. The best part was how it divided the whole sky into dark and light in a strange shimmering way, splitting the entire sky perfectly into dark and light. The hill and trees underneath the rainbow were similarly split between deep shadow and brilliant sun.

My little digital camera could not capture the vast spread of it across the sky, so I had to take photos of the left side, right side, and middle, and then piece the parts by hand into a composite panorama, the result of which you see here. We'll never see anything like this again. Click on the photo to enlarge it to full size.

A friend of mine who was down the hill right in the village on Main Street at the time, told me a crowd of people came out of the local restaurant and marveled at the rainbow in a crowd on the street.  My friend's companion commented that it looked like it was directly over our house, and indeed that's how it seemed to us as well!  It was magical.