Colors in the Sky
Photographers love rainbows. What a great way to accentuate what would otherwise be a dull, grey sky. It's almost as if rainbows were made to help landscape photographers create images on dreary days.
Traveling in the Great Plains means two things: the odds of a spring thunderstorm is pretty good most of the time and predicting where a rainbow will appear is easier than you think. For this one, driving into the sun away from the dark clouds meant all I had to do was turn around and look behind me to see the rainbow, and then drive to where the composition would be interesting. With the rain and clouds off in the distance, and the foreground in the sun, the colors come through nicely. I remember the day every time I look at this image.
You see these types of photo all the time as people capture them and share them widely. There's obviously some sort of collective joy at seeing rainbows, for the individual at the time and for people the images are shared with. For me such pictures give a positive sense of the place and time. Maybe it's because of the colors splashed onto the dark, ominous clouds, or the way the arc connects sky with earth, or maybe it's just all the good stories that surround rainbows in general. We haven't seen our fair share of them this year, unfortunately, as the drought just keeps the rain away where it's needed most. Odd, just when we need their positive presence the most they stay away from us, gracing other places with their energy. I hope they come back soon.