Rainbows

The Webster’s dictionary says that a rainbow is “an arc or circle that exhibits in concentric bands the colors of the spectrum and that is formed opposite the sun by the refraction and reflection of the sun’s rays in raindrops, spray, or mist”. I have seen plenty of rainbows in my life, like most of the people. But I have to say that since I am in Samoa I have seen the most stunning array of rainbows than ever before in my life.

The most commonly cited and remembered sequence of colours, in English, is Newton’s sevenfold red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

Due to atmospheric conditions in Samoa, rainbows ban be observed very frequently but there are not easy to photograph because usually end up getting very dim colours.

Here we can see one of the rainbows that you see in Samoa in a weekly basis:

Rainbow

As you see this is a partial arc. The size of the rainbow is pretty impressive, but it wasn’t until a couple of weeks ago until I saw something that was really breathtaking.

Rainbow full part 1

This was a full bow rainbow. I have never seen something like this in my life. It is interesting because since we are kids we tend to see and draw rainbows as the iconography says, with a full bow, but it wasn’t until I saw this rainbow, covering most of the Upolu island until I realize that it is a fairly rare phenomenon.

The Rainbow was so big that I could not fit it on the wides angle lens I own. Here is the final of the rainbow:

Rainbow full part 2

I could have stitch digitally the image, but I like it better in two pictures, it gives a better idea of how big the rainbow was.

This is one of the beautiful things of this place, you get to see things that, for me, are truly unique. I will keep taking pictures of rainbows, I will post some more if I get better at it.

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  1. Borja

    Cool pics, the best rainbow I have ever seen was in the Nevada Desert. I could see the whole arc and even a double arc on top of the main one. The dryness of the desert and the fact that there were no buildings or mountains to obstruct the view made it memorable.

  2. I am sure you saw great rainbows in the Nevada dessert, mr. Burning man.


  3. Borja

    hehe, i agree some substances might have had an effect in making the overall experience more, let’s say psychedelic :-)

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