Posts tagged “rainbow

A Black Diamond rainbow

A couple of weeks ago my son spied this rainbow as it arched out of a storm cloud rolling over the prairies east of Black Diamond.  I am very glad he did!

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Rainbows over Medicine Lake at sunset

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A double rainbow arched over Medicine Lake just before sunset in Jasper National Park.  Light rain fell on Kian and I as we watched these rainbows develop on the edge of a storm that had rolled up the Maligne Valley.  The sun was near setting so the sunlight was pure gold and the colors across the landscape were incredible.

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Dawn at the mouth of the Bow Valley

Rainbow sunrise in the Bow Valley - © Christopher Martin-2676

Dark clouds wrapped the eastern edge of the Bow Valley near Mount Yamnuska as the sky brightened at dawn last Friday morning.  The storm front to the west continued pushing towards the prairies and by dawn the line of rain was directly overhead Highway 40 (Kananaskis Trail) where it crosses the TransCanada Highway.

A stormy dawn in the Bow Valley - © Christopher Martin-2561

 

To the west were the rows of mountains, one leading down the Bow Valley towards Canmore and Banff, the other through Kananaskis Country.  When the sun cleared the horizon, light met water and a double rainbow arched over the valley’s mouth.

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To the east, the sunlight hit the clouds toning them in warm pastels before dawn.  As the sun rose, the colours continued to deepen absorbed by the clouds as well as skipping along the underside.

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I loved watching the alchemy of the light mixing with the clouds and rain.  The whole sky, in all directions, was dynamic and changed continuously through sunrise.  A little later, the sunlight shone through falling rain, and I made this last photograph of the landscape of this part of the Stoney Nakoda Nation before heading up the Kananaskis Trail and spending the morning with a pair of Bald eagles at the Mount Lorette Ponds.

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Feasting on rainbows

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This Manini (Acanthurus triostegus) was one of many swimming in the sheltered cove at the Lydgate Beach Park when I was snorkelling there yesterday.  The fish has a great nickname, the Convict Tang, owing to the stripes resembling those of a prisoner’s uniform of old.  When this one moved into an area of the rocks and coral where rainbows were shimmering, I swung my camera that way.

A good friend loaned me a waterproof casing for one of my cameras and it has been fun to play around with during time on the water.  It’s a different game shooting underwater and I am really having fun learning a bit of the how tos required to get a good image.  A very (very) long ways to go to approach the likes of Brian Skerry though!


Spiritual Sedona

I enjoyed experiencing some of Sedona’s mystical places and the spiritual moments that have drawn ancient cultures and continues to pull people.

This trip was too short to really dive in but this photograph of the sun in the forest on the West Fork Trail near Sedona suggested something of the experience.


A Rainbow on the Prairie

Leaving the Calgary this afternoon, I drove through some heavy rain pouring down from some dark gray clouds rolling over Calgary.  As I reached the western edge of the city along Highway 8, I was back in the sunshine and enjoyed the drive past the fields.  Drawing closer to home, I looked back east and found a rainbow straddling the road.  The arch was a mile wide and looked brilliant against the dark clouds still dragging the storm through the city. I pulled onto one of the gravel top range roads and composed this image of the scene.

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Hawaiian Landscapes: Waimea Canyon

We drove along the edge of Kauai’s Waimea Canyon a couple of days ago and clearing rain created a trail of a rainbow to frame an image around.   The rain cleared out of the canyon and blew over the ridges into the Kalalau Valley.  Bobbi and I both took turns photographing the short breaks in the clouds when you could see down the valley to the ocean and the Na Pali coast.  I have yet to work through those images to see if there is a set of pictures for a post on the Kalalau from this trip.


Hawaiian Landscapes: Rainbows in the clouds over Hanalei

My kids and I were up at dawn this morning and my daughter noticed a rainbow overhead as the sky brightened.  Rainbows are not in short supply on the north side of Kauai and with last night’s rainstorms clearing it was inevitable one would appear somewhere.  Really wonderful to have this one right in front of us to start the day.

The rainbow faded to just a faint outline for a few minutes and then came back just after my daughter said, “come back Mr. Rainbow I miss you”.  A little child magic never hurt my photography – lucky me!

 

 


Canadian Rockies Landscapes: A Kananaskis Rainbow

My wife and I took the children for a morning drive along Highway 40 through Kananaskis this morning.  This rainbow followed us in from the edge of the Bow Valley Parkway into Kananaskis and along the peaks of Heart Mountain, Grant McEwan Pea and Mt. Lorette.  With the clearing storm clouds still dark the rainbow really stood out against the sky.


Canadian Rockies Landscapes: The Mountains along Maligne Lake

After riding out of the Tonquin Valley we spent the following day touring around the Jasper area.  In the afternoon we drove up to Maligne Lake and hiked a couple of kilometers along the southeastern shoreline.

The mountains along the northern shore and down towards the far end of valley were on full display as we traveled along the trails edging the water.

Clouds, rain, sunlight and a bit of snow took turns hitting the peaks and running across the valleys.  I love this area of the park as there is a lot of change in the type of mountains and the weather often seems to be determined to put on a show across the landscape.