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All kinds of Rainbow on the M1

At first, the rainbow was a delicate curve of light, a hazy thing inamongst the afternoon's dapple of rain and sun. Pictures, of course, do not do it justice.


To my amazement, it developed into a full triple arc, stretching from horizon to horizon, running through all the colors twice, and with an echoing shadow of a rainbow above it. It glowed with brilliance.


It faded back again, but still a complete bow, from land to sky and back again.


Eventually, the driver could also approciate what I'd been exclaiming over for the previous forty-five minutes. The angle of the photo is from having stuck my hand out the window with the camera to avoid windscreen splatter.


The rainbow ebbed and flowed for most of the trip, but never entirely went away until we hit the M25 and drove off in a different direction.


We'd driven towards the rainbow for so long that it felt as if we'd eventually catch up with it. We did. Here it is going along in the next lane over.


The rainbow caught in the sprays of water from our car and others after a brief downpour. Even if the optics made sense, my eyes were confused by the sight of a rainbow next to us continuous with the one in the sky which seemed so far distant.

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owlfish
Apr. 3rd, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC)
It's not the "Slough of despair", it's the "Slough of rainbows".
marzapane
Apr. 3rd, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
LOVELY!!!! Thanks for sharing.
stonecircle
Apr. 3rd, 2006 02:15 pm (UTC)
What lovely pictures.

It was good to see you both yesterday.

A.
owlfish
Apr. 3rd, 2006 05:28 pm (UTC)
It was lovely to see all of you too! Thank you again for making it possible.
snowdrifted
Apr. 3rd, 2006 02:39 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous! How lucky you had your camera with you.
owlfish
Apr. 3rd, 2006 05:29 pm (UTC)
I was lucky the batteries lasted when they claimed they were on their last legs a few days earlier. There was no way I was going to leave my camera behind when I was on a countryside road-trip to see friends I hadn't seen in ages.
aquitaineq
Apr. 3rd, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC)
ohhh pretty!!!!
a_d_medievalist
Apr. 3rd, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
I suppose it makes the rain tolerable :-)
owlfish
Apr. 3rd, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
Yesterday's rain was very indecisive. It rained many, many times, but never for more than about five minutes at a time, and we were never outside when it was actually raining. But yes, the rainbow made it all worthwhile.
printqueen
Apr. 3rd, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)
I left a comment but im not sure you are who i thought you were. Ek. so i deleted :/
owlfish
Apr. 3rd, 2006 05:26 pm (UTC)
I don't think I am who you thought I was. I know what event you're talking about, but I'm not involved in it. Good luck finding the right person.
tsutanai
Apr. 3rd, 2006 05:32 pm (UTC)
Awesome! (Reminds me to look up what rainbows are omens of, next chance I get.)
noncalorsedumor
Apr. 3rd, 2006 06:08 pm (UTC)
So the rainbow ends on the M25, but without the pot of gold. Bummer.
square_egg
Apr. 4th, 2006 01:07 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous photos! I don't think I've ever seen the point where the end of a rainbow touches the ground, and I've certainly never pictured one ending in the middle of the highway, but ah well.
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