Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Fire Rainbow




On June 10, 2018 near South Lancaster, Ontario in a conservation area called Cooper Marsh, my cousin Blain and I were treated to a rare and very beautiful atmospheric phenomenon called a fire rainbow.

After researching it on the Internet we learned that certain conditions need to be met for the formation of fire rainbows. 

These conditions are as follows:  the sun must be more than 58° above the horizon; cirrus clouds need to be present; and the hexagonal ice crystals in those clouds must be shaped like thick plates with their faces parallel to the ground.

Here is a picture that Blain took of me photographing the amazing sight!




The following shots are a selection of many that I took that day.  
(Note: colours have not been adjusted but the images have been slightly darkened to compensate for over-exposure).















I have made two other blog postings of atmospheric phenomena (iridescent clouds and ice halos).  They can be found by clicking on the following links:



8 comments:

  1. Wow! That is so beautiful and unusual, thank you for sharing it!

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    1. I'm glad you liked it messymimi. I was amazed by it too!

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  2. Wow! You two must have been so excited to see this phenomenon. It is so beautiful!

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    1. You're right Didee. We were running back and forth taking picture after picture!!

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  3. What a wonderful sight, and lucky you getting to see, and photograph, it. xx

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    1. Thank you Flighty. I feel so very lucky!

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  4. What a treat for you and now us! I have never seen anything like it. I especially like the first image and the second and fourth ons from the end.

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    1. I agree with your choices Anvilcloud. I like the wispy clouds where it looks like flames.

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