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: