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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Baby Rainbow

Can be a rainbow without a rain? We were driving home from the beautiful Bainbridge Island when we noticed this little rainbow.

It was sunny clear day, no rain. I've never seen a rainless rainbow before. I found this explanation : "Most clouds are made of millions of water drops. ... the cloud was thin enough for light to pass but not full of enough raindrops to produce rainfall. The raindrops refracted (or bent) the light produc ing a rainbow without rainfall".
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  1. That's a great photo, Tatyana, and really clear explanation! It must have been nice to actually see it from the ground.

  2. Yes, I definitely think so. Neat phenomenon.

  3. Amazing photo - and how fortunate that you had your camera with you so you could take this shot! /Helen

  4. Jan, Tina, Helen,
    thank you so much!

  5. Hi Tatyana,
    I love your garden!!! and my son and i love your dog!!!
    Its all soooooooo green maybe i should leave dusty Melbourne and move to Tasmania or New Zealand!


  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yours is very lovely.
    After a snow, I sometimes catch bits of rainbow clouds around the sun. Pretty, isn't it?

  7. Serena, thank you so much! Yes, that dog is cute, but my garden dog is the second one, old - he is about 13 and not doing well...

    Fourwindshaiga, thanks! Do you know what word I like the most in your comment? SUN!!!

  8. Oh how the title 'baby rainbow' perfectly fitting! Kim

  9. Hi Tatyana - Hey, I'm so sorry you heard about the garden bloggers' get-together a bit too late! Hope to see you at the next one. Lovely rainless rainbow, I've never seen (or heard) of one of those!


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