Bears Ears Super Rainbow Evening

Double Rainbow and storm clouds.

Double Rainbow and storm clouds.

It was one of the best rainbows ever. Why? Because the backdrop was awesome, and it occurred just before sunset, making the effect of the low angle of the sun more intense.

Rainbow in front of the Bears Ears Buttes. Quite a prism effect from left to right through the rain.

Rainbow in front of the Bears Ears Buttes. Quite a prism effect from left to right through the rain.

Oddly enough, the forecast had only been for a 20% chance of rain, and it had been dumping elsewhere all day, mainly to the north and east.

Panorama with sunlit wooden fence and road curves.

Panorama with sunlit wooden fence and road curves.

But then it was our turn, a real gully washer. Beautiful. I lay down for a nap…and almost missed the aftermath. It was a full rainbow on either end, kind of missing at the top, some of the double rainbow visible to the outside.

The full panoramic images of just the sky don’t do it justice. I prefer the tighter, more close in shots against the cliffs and the Bears Ears Buttes above. I took a number of variations, because it gives a fuller sense of the splendor of the evening. And of the wet road and puddles.

Then Ashley and Avery came by on an evening run. Perfect: a couple of people in the scene to lend some human scale to the magnificent scene. Though how anybody would want to be doing anything other than photographing in such conditions is beyond me. (They did like the print I made for them the next day.)

Ashley and Adrian running to the rainbow.

Ashley and Avery running to the rainbow.

Photo location: Natural Bridges National Monument, San Juan County, southeast Utah. As always, click on any image to see a much larger version.

© 2015 Stephen J. Krieg

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