Sunday Nature Stills – 02/02/2020

This is a beautiful remote spot where we camped several nights about 150 miles south of the arctic circle in the Yukon.  One afternoon, the sun broke through the clouds and made a super brilliant double rainbow. The vail of rain that was producing the rainbows was quite close to us and falling in the trees on the other side of the rocky clearing where we were camped.  Of all of the double rainbows that I have seen, this one seemed a little different; for whatever reason, the area between the rainbows was much darker than the rest of the surrounding sky. It looked like a dark grey strip in the sky with rainbows on either edge.

6 thoughts on “Sunday Nature Stills – 02/02/2020

  1. Hi Michael,

    It’s been a long time since we’ve spoken.  I hope you and Yvonne are doing well!  I’m retired now.  Just thought I’d drop you a note to say I still enjoy seeing your photos each week (thank you for sending), and the double rainbow was a special one for me. I’ve always been fascinated by rainbows.  A while back, I became curious about why the colors in a double rainbow are reversed top to bottom when comparing the upper and lower bands.  It’s pretty easy to work out the math of why this happens (including the distance between the two bands) by considering the simple case of reflections of different wavelengths of light inside a single drop of water.  Anyway, even though I know it’s all been figured out by others, I just did it for kicks one day to see if I could work it out.  If you haven’t done it, I’m sure you’d find it fun too.  I don’t know what causes the darker area you observed, so now I’m curious to look into that.   Rainbows in general always remind me of why science is fun!

    So, although I always enjoy your pics, this one gave me an even bigger smile.  Rainbows also remind me of Richard Feynman’s response to the question… “why do you have to analyze it … can’t you just look at it and enjoy the beautiful colors?”  He was actually referring to a flower, but understanding the details of rainbows always reminds me (as Feynman answered) that understanding more only enhances the beauty of nature … it never detracts.

    Thanks again for sharing!  Please say hello to Yvonne and take care.

    Tim

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