Sometimes The Winter Sky Is A Great Surprise
Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON
On my way home last night, I was driving in fairly heavy rain and marvelling at the angle of an almost-vertical rainbow that appeared majestically as I crested the top of a hill. I knew I'd be home in a couple of minutes and I figured the rainbow in the east would still be visible.
In the brief time it took me to get home, the rainbow had started to fade, but there was a sudden dramatic glow in the west, so of course I had to train my camera on the sky. I was lucky that the plane trees on our property are completely bereft of any foliage at this point in winter.
This being the case, I was able to use the upward curve of the branches as a great foil to accentuate the dramatic colour. Yes, it disappeared as quickly as it showed up. From start to finish, I estimate it lasted no longer than four minutes.
And yes, I was using my camera in the rain. That's just par for the course.