"My heart leaps up"
The dramatic weather of this spring has provided plenty of excitement for rainbow chasers. Tuesday was a great example. I drove home beneath darkening skies and the heavens finally opened with just a few miles to go. The rain was so heavy I had to remain for some time in the shelter of the car. Gradually the western horizon cleared and as the clouds marched towards the plateau I knew a rainbow was likely. What I didn't know was just how dramatic it would prove to be. There was just about time to grab my camera and coat before negotiating a couple of gates to get clear of the overhead power lines.
The first shot was the particular reason for haste as I wanted to capture the faint double rainbow before it faded, as indeed it did. The primary rainbow remained, the brightest I think I've ever seen, and also with the lowest arc. That was unexpected. The rainbow seemed so close that I could almost grasp the pot of gold at its end! And with the rainbow so close to the ground it was very clear how much lighter the sky beneath the arc appeared than the sky above it. The sky was also quite dramatic, in various shades of grey with evolving, interesting shapes.
Having captured the all important first shot I headed further down the field until I was able to position the edge of the field square on to the frame as shots 2 and 3 reveal. The first shot, however, remains my favourite.
In the bright sunshine the browns of the 'moss' (as I believe it is called round here) and the greens of the newly grown grass provided a colourful accompaniment to the superb rainbow.
For those interested in the technical side it was an opportunity to prove the worth of a polarising filter when shooting rainbows. Twist it one way and the rainbow completely disappears. Twist it the other way and the colours really pop.
The double arc is like a magical gateway to the Antrim plateau and the mysteries of the Glens beyond. Wordsworth wrote: "My heart leaps up when I behold a rainbow in the sky". I think I know what he means.
I do enjoy seeing your photos especially when you manage to get hold of the atmosphere as well as you did in these last ones but hey what about Bonnie Scotland, have you done it justice?! Some lovely scenes around Stirling and Central belt and always a cup of coffee at the end!
Absolutely beautiful! I love the type of photography you have so wonderfully captured. After doing weddings for years I retired from "people" photography except for candid stuff & grandkids occasionally. We have a farm in the state of Virginia and the variety of wildlife especially butterflies draws me to the fields and forests. I love the serenity displayed in your photography as it so wonderfully shows God's awesome creation which we can find wherever we go on earth or the heavens!
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