Thursday, January 19, 2006

Why You Should Always Carry A Camera In Your Car

It was raining. It was dreary. I had no dogs with me at the time. I was stuck in traffic. I edged around the turn from soutbound 17 to eastbound 85, and there it was, the most stunning double rainbow I've seen in a very long time. Sadly the 2nd rainbow just doesn't show up that well in the photos. But you get the idea...

It hit me suddenly what an amazing thing a rainbow is, in appearance. The world is not a well-ordered place; clouds, trees, hills, all exhibit randomness in shape and size. Colors are sometimes intense in nature, but only in very small doses (Golden Poppies) or very large, nebulous swaths (sunsets). During a rainstorm, everything's got about the same grayish hue--earth, sky, cars, road. Then, suddenly, like a bolt from another world, there's a slash of perfectly arc-shaped, perfectly tinted color through the sky, and it's not small or vague; it's taller than the tallest mountain, longer than the longest cloud, the colors explode into your eyes, and one begins to wonder at the wonder that man must have felt upon experiencing such a sight, long before we could identify a rational, physical cause for such a phenomena.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful photos of the rainbows. I try to keep my camera in my purse at all times -- you just never know when you might need it!

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