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Pieces of rainbow

Wisps of rainbow
Wisps of rainbow

Where does the rainbow end,
in your soul or on the horizon?

~ Pablo Neruda, The Book of Questions

A jellyfish swimming across the sky.
A jellyfish swimming across the sky.

Yesterday evening, the sea and river took to the sky.  Jellyfish and other sea creatures appeared to be swimming in the clouds.

Do you see the fish?  Should we call it a rainbow trout?
Do you see the fish? Should we call it a rainbow trout?

Sometime close to sunset, the leading edge of the storms bringing us a cool front approached from the north and west.  Ahead of the clouds were what looked like broken up pieces of a rainbow.

Yes, I think it is a rainbow trout, floating ahead of the storms.
Yes, I think it is a rainbow trout, floating ahead of the storms.

I have never seen a phenomenon like it.  When I first caught a glimpse of the colors while looking out one of the windows, I thought “sun dog.”  But then I stepped outside and saw the big picture and it didn’t look like any sun dog I’ve ever seen.  It was too spread out across the sky.

Prism.
Prism.

The Daily Challenge from WordPress this week is ROY G. BIV.  ROY G. BIV shows up here on the Eastern Shore quite frequently, stretching himself out in an arc across the sky, his legs standing in the loblolly pines, the marsh, the lagoon, or the meadows.  Sometimes his twin accompanies him, and we call that a double rainbow.

A light and airy touch.
A light and airy touch.

Walk on a rainbow trail; walk on a trail of song, and all about you will be beauty.  There is a way out of every dark mist, over a rainbow trail.

~ Robert Motherwell

Building clouds.
Building clouds.

I don’t know how long the phenomenon lasted.  I spent about ten or fifteen minutes watching and photographing it.  As the wind picked up and the lightning approached, going indoors seemed the wise thing to do.

Strokes of color.
Strokes of color.

We spent most of the evening under a severe thunderstorm warning.  The sky did put on quite a show of lightning.  The thunder rumbled along.

Swimming in the clouds.
Swimming in the clouds.

The wind gusted now and then, and we received about a half inch of rain for the gardens.

Maybe the rainbow wanted to dance and broke itself into colorful dancers.
Maybe the rainbow wanted to dance and broke itself into colorful dancers.

I am grateful to report that as far as I can tell, there was no damage here at the ranch.  A few small branches were thrown to the ground and there is other debris from the trees here and there.  The flowers and vegetables in the gardens all looked quite cheerful this morning when I went out to visit them.  The rain did them good.  The high heat we’ve had this week really dried things out again.

Changing shape.
Changing shape.

That’s about it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch on this mostly sunny (and not at all wordless) Wednesday.  Thank you for visiting.  Sunrise this morning had its share of rainbow colors, and I have a feeling sunset this evening (at 8:29) will be interesting.  Let’s go down to the Point and watch the show.  It should be pleasant.  Behind the storm was some cooler, drier weather, and after the nearly 100°F day we had yesterday, it feels pretty good.

Coloring the sky.
Coloring the sky.

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

Morphing.
Stretch and swirl.

Today’s joys:  Raindrops sparkling in the morning sun; a long morning walk; a cool breeze; time to sit on the dock and watch the turtles swimming in the creek; time to listen to the birds chatter, chirp, and sing.

The morning after.
The morning after.

 

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Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

14 thoughts on “Pieces of rainbow

  1. That is odd. It reminds me of the northern lights (aurora borealis) – could even be the same conditions causing it. The storm here last night was fierce, but it didn’t look like we actually got rain. It must have been wind only.

    Nancy

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  2. Robin I wonder if what you saw was the Aurora Borealis – which I believe is now sometimes visible during the day in certain conditions and is visible in climes further south than usual also due to the unusual activity on our sun. These conditions are affecting our sightings of the Southern Lights also. I was reading an interesting article recently which also pondered the question if the high level of activity on the sun was effecting our somewhat unusual weather conditions. I wish I’d kept it as now I want to go back and check my facts.

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  3. I’m pretty sure it was auroras that you saw. The northern light have begun putting on a show this week, in areas south of where you might normally expect to see them. And of course, they don’t know how to tell time so they are active round the clock.

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  4. Robin, I tagged you on Facebook, a couple of years ago I saw one of these and got a picture. Some folks thought it was an iridescent cloud, a nacreous cloud, or a mother-of-pearl cloud. Yours does look like a rainbow trout!

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  5. Really great pictures! As other commenters were saying, I did hear that the northern lights were being seen as far south as Pennsylvania this year. No clear view of anything so cool as that around here! Your “morning after” flower is beautiful. Is that a variety of sunflower?

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  6. What a cool phenomenon you’ve captured here, Robin! Love seeing rainbows, but this prismatic display is quite unusual. Glad you were there with camera to share it with us! Some shots look like watercolor paintings.
    Love your beautiful sunflower, too! ❤

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