A Rare Rainbow (DP Challenge)

The Daily Post at WordPress challenges us this week to post a photo of something Rare. I’ve posted this photo at least once before and it certainly fits this theme. Scotland, late August 1993. Driving across Rannoch Moor on a drizzly day on a tour bus. The sun must have been breaking out somewhere because we saw colours across the moors. Real colours like a rainbow but it was puddles of misty colour on the ground, not an arc over the sky. I took a quick photo through the window and was pleased to see it turned out. (Those were the days you had to wait for the film to be developed).

I posted the photo on Flickr and entered into a discussion with someone about it and he suggested it would have been the top of the rainbow. This part of Scotland is higher above sea level and at mid to late morning when this was taken, the sun would have been at about 40 degrees elevation and just the right angle for it.

Rainbow in the Highlands, near Glencoe. The "Hail Mary" lucky shot through the bus window

Rainbow in the Highlands, near Glencoe.
The “Hail Mary” lucky shot through the bus window

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7 thoughts on “A Rare Rainbow (DP Challenge)

  1. Argus says:

    I love what I call ‘serendipity shots’ and your rainbow above qualifies.(I’ve never seen anything quite like it although sometimes in a peat bog weirdie things happen similar.) Nice~!

  2. Albatz Travel Adventures says:

    I saw a low rainbow once at the edge of a town in Spain – I assumed it was because the town was perched on a hill and the rainbow was in a gorge behind it – your shot makes me think that there are such things as low rainbows – amazing shot and probably one of those once in a lifetime things!

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