Sunrise Rainbow In A Cloudless Sky…

by George on December 5, 2013

GPS: 39°42’14″ N 104°58’20″ W

Rainbow Without A Storm

Photographs © George A. Jardine

Wild weather here in Denver over the last few days. It dropped almost 40 degrees in 4 hours Tuesday, and snowed all day yesterday. I woke up this morning to a cloudless sky, and was pretty sure I’d find some photos in the park.

Grabbing my cameras and running over there, I photographed a lot of steam coming up off the the lake in the morning light, but just as I was leaving, I saw a rainbow forming. It was created on a cloudless morning by ice crystals in the air, and I can almost see them in the raw when I zoom in. They appear to be streaming from the rainbow, the way the tail of a comet streams away from the sun.

The rainbow didn’t create an arch, but the other side looked like this, through the trees:

Rainbow Without A Storm

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Susan December 5, 2013 at 1:41 PM

U are the bomb George. miss seeing you. Hope you are well and staying warm.

Roger Walton December 7, 2013 at 4:30 AM

Never seen one of these – interesting! Thx for showing us it.

George December 7, 2013 at 6:53 AM

Yes, Roger, Teri Verbickis quickly pointed out that this is called a “sundog”…. which I had never heard before. Turns out there are lots of examples of it. Click here to see Google search image examples. Pretty interesting.

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