Thursday, January 22, 2009
Colour My Skies Beautiful
I was enjoying a cup of hot tea on a cold but sunny afternoon last week. The sun shone through the window behind me and was refracted through a light fixture before it landed on my mug. My own personal rainbow had arrived. I took the above picture as the colours were so warm and beautiful on a white January day.
I have never met anyone who is not delighted to see a rainbow. We had a wet summer with frequent afternoon rain storms. It seemed that every week we were treated to a full rainbow. I took many pictures but was never able to get them completely in one photo as I do not have a wide angle lens. The rainbow above was over a gravel pit just outside the city, the same place where I now see Snow Buntings flying over frozen fields.
A recent blast of Arctic air has brought very cold temperatures to our region. Ice rainbows or sun dogs are seen frequently in these conditions. I took this picture of a sun dog over the Grand River on my way into work last Friday just after the sun had risen. There was a second sun dog on the other side of the sun, but again I could not get them both in the picture.
This picture over the same river was taken a few minutes before sunrise this week. There is a water treatment plant downstream and the water that is discharged into the river is relatively warm creating the steam seen in the distance. It was about -20C but the colour of the sky was brilliantly reflected in the water making the river look like a golden ribbon.
Sun and glass, sun and rain, sun and ice,
sun approaching the horizon...
all create an explosion of colour and unique beauty.
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