Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems. ~Rainer Maria Rilke

Sunday, February 3, 2019

The most extraordinary thing happen this afternoon. We had a rain storm that was, as they say, a gully washer. It rained so hard that new small "creeks" formed on the road and down the hillside. We also had a thunderstorm that rattled and rolled across the foothills and scared every animal far and wide.... including us. Surprisingly... it all settled down and for a very short time a sliver of sun hit the ridges on the other side of highways 49. Then I noticed something ...

Toward the southeast, a rainbow was forming. It was just a flag of color that looked like it was coming right out of my neighbor's pasture... like one of his cows was turning into a magical unicorn.

At the same time, from the north end of this rancher's property... right over his house, another rainbow started. Another cow exploded. It was as if something very special was going to happen... you know... one of those magical experiences that changes your whole life. I expected small spaceships to arise from both of these colorful spots.
Then it kind of did. The color grew and lengthened. I tried to find a place to take pictures that would do this whole transformation justice but I wasn't far enough away. I had to split the images up because I could not capture the whole scope of this.
A huge rainbow grew before my eyes. It rose over south Jackson and came together high in the air.

From north to south, this rainbow arched over our hills like a beautiful luminous ribbon of color and at the top, right in the middle, was a star like light.

Maybe the rainbow was going through a cloud or something but I think this is what they call a sundog. It wasn't very strong and didn't show up in my photo very well but it was there at the very top of the rainbow.

This was such a pretty rainbow but a little off its feed because the idea that a rainbow is a sign of the rain ending was not true... it rained again later and it's suppose to rain for days.., but while it lasted it was lovely.
I should check with my neighbor and see if there's a pot of gold at each end of the rainbow where it first appeared. We live in Gold country and you never know what might be laying on the ground over there besides cow patties.
Here are more photos of the rainbow. What a cool experience. What a magical happening.

 Do you see the violet color?

 Do you see the second rainbow forming on the right?

Oh my...


  1. A rainbow is a covenant promise never to bring a flood over the earth again. It’s a lovely rainbow if you find a pot of gold send me somešŸ¤£
    Looks like a beautiful day!!!

  2. Absolutely gorgeous!! Yes yes gold and cows.. love these photos. Magical and sensational! Thank you for capturing these moments xoxox

  3. Magical indeed! What beautiful pictures!

  4. You did a great job capturing nature at her best. These are unbelievable pictures.

  5. Wow these photo are beautiful. You did a great job in taking these photos of a beautiful rainbow. Thanks for sharing them with us. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  6. What are those "gold" trees in the first photo?

  7. Thank you all for the wonderful comments. I really appreciate them.

  8. Oh my goodness, but those are some of the most perfect photos of rainbows I have seen in quite a while! They're simply magical! I wonder if you managed to get any snow out of that storm... or did that come later? I do love the look of snow, but that's as far as I'll go... Once I've seen it, I'm happy for it to melt away...


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