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Jul 28, 2014 01:53:05   #
Blacksheep
 
Before we get started here, I'd like to ask you politely to refrain from garbaging up the thread with your favorite religion, Jesus, God, The Scriptures, dogma and etc. Let's keep it clean and not spoil the moment with a bunch of sanctimonious preaching? Thanks.

Many years ago now, I was living in a remote mountain valley in a cabin I'd built, and I was standing on a little deck at the back end of the cabin, which faced down the valley. It was raining very lightly and there was a brilliant rainbow arcing into the valley that seemed to end no more than 50 feet below the cabin.

We all know that you can chase a rainbow but never catch it, and the reason is because rainbows are actually circles when you see them from the air, above them. They only appear to be arcs that touch the ground.

But just because it really did look so close, I jumped down off the deck and ran down to where it seemed to end, and I found myself surrounded by brilliant prismatic colors in the air. I actually stood at, and in, the end of a rainbow!

After the Internet came along I searched out this amazing phenomenon and found that others had done the same thing and were themselves searching for others who'd done so. There aren't many of us, it seems to be a pretty elite club.

If conditions are just right, you really can stand in a rainbow and if you ever do, you'll treasure the memory of it for the rest of your life. What a wonderful planet we live on.

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Jul 28, 2014 02:36:11   #
jimahrens Loc: California
 
Thanks for sharing that with me Just the other day I saw the first rainbow in about 4 years I always slip off into somewhere It is indeed a beautiful thing to see.
Blacksheep wrote:
Before we get started here, I'd like to ask you politely to refrain from garbaging up the thread with your favorite religion, Jesus, God, The Scriptures, dogma and etc. Let's keep it clean and not spoil the moment with a bunch of sanctimonious preaching? Thanks.

Many years ago now, I was living in a remote mountain valley in a cabin I'd built, and I was standing on a little deck at the back end of the cabin, which faced down the valley. It was raining very lightly and there was a brilliant rainbow arcing into the valley that seemed to end no more than 50 feet below the cabin.

We all know that you can chase a rainbow but never catch it, and the reason is because rainbows are actually circles when you see them from the air, above them. They only appear to be arcs that touch the ground.

But just because it really did look so close, I jumped down off the deck and ran down to where it seemed to end, and I found myself surrounded by brilliant prismatic colors in the air. I actually stood at, and in, the end of a rainbow!

After the Internet came along I searched out this amazing phenomenon and found that others had done the same thing and were themselves searching for others who'd done so. There aren't many of us, it seems to be a pretty elite club.

If conditions are just right, you really can stand in a rainbow and if you ever do, you'll treasure the memory of it for the rest of your life. What a wonderful planet we live on.
Before we get started here, I'd like to ask you po... (show quote)

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Jul 28, 2014 06:18:45   #
cant beleve Loc: Planet Kolob
 
Blacksheep wrote:
Before we get started here, I'd like to ask you politely to refrain from garbaging up the thread with your favorite religion, Jesus, God, The Scriptures, dogma and etc. Let's keep it clean and not spoil the moment with a bunch of sanctimonious preaching? Thanks.

Many years ago now, I was living in a remote mountain valley in a cabin I'd built, and I was standing on a little deck at the back end of the cabin, which faced down the valley. It was raining very lightly and there was a brilliant rainbow arcing into the valley that seemed to end no more than 50 feet below the cabin.

We all know that you can chase a rainbow but never catch it, and the reason is because rainbows are actually circles when you see them from the air, above them. They only appear to be arcs that touch the ground.

But just because it really did look so close, I jumped down off the deck and ran down to where it seemed to end, and I found myself surrounded by brilliant prismatic colors in the air. I actually stood at, and in, the end of a rainbow!

After the Internet came along I searched out this amazing phenomenon and found that others had done the same thing and were themselves searching for others who'd done so. There aren't many of us, it seems to be a pretty elite club.

If conditions are just right, you really can stand in a rainbow and if you ever do, you'll treasure the memory of it for the rest of your life. What a wonderful planet we live on.
Before we get started here, I'd like to ask you po... (show quote)


I guess it is worth it to keep trying. I have felt fairly close at times. When in a remote valley in Idaho I actually saw the prisms you speak of. I never told anyone because I was sure they would think I was nuts! Keep on chasing lol.

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Jul 28, 2014 06:29:10   #
nancyjess
 
thank you black sheep; for that wonderful story this am. it was enlightening.

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Jul 28, 2014 08:42:28   #
Ve'hoe
 
I flew to Kauai,, after Hurricane Iniki,, the day after,,, the air was full of mist,,,, the rotors caused a vortex around the cockpit,,,,, as we slowed down the mist created a rainbow,,, at 60 kts, it created a perfect circle around the cockpit,,,, we tried to get photos, but you really couldnt see it..... it was just a gift,, fleeting, and only mean to be seen, experienced and enjoyed....


Blacksheep wrote:
Before we get started here, I'd like to ask you politely to refrain from garbaging up the thread with your favorite religion, Jesus, God, The Scriptures, dogma and etc. Let's keep it clean and not spoil the moment with a bunch of sanctimonious preaching? Thanks.

Many years ago now, I was living in a remote mountain valley in a cabin I'd built, and I was standing on a little deck at the back end of the cabin, which faced down the valley. It was raining very lightly and there was a brilliant rainbow arcing into the valley that seemed to end no more than 50 feet below the cabin.

We all know that you can chase a rainbow but never catch it, and the reason is because rainbows are actually circles when you see them from the air, above them. They only appear to be arcs that touch the ground.

But just because it really did look so close, I jumped down off the deck and ran down to where it seemed to end, and I found myself surrounded by brilliant prismatic colors in the air. I actually stood at, and in, the end of a rainbow!

After the Internet came along I searched out this amazing phenomenon and found that others had done the same thing and were themselves searching for others who'd done so. There aren't many of us, it seems to be a pretty elite club.

If conditions are just right, you really can stand in a rainbow and if you ever do, you'll treasure the memory of it for the rest of your life. What a wonderful planet we live on.
Before we get started here, I'd like to ask you po... (show quote)

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Jul 28, 2014 09:58:27   #
Zemirah Loc: Sojourner En Route...
 
Blacksheep wrote:
Before we get started here, I'd like to ask you politely to refrain from garbaging up the thread with your favorite religion, Jesus, God, The Scriptures, dogma and etc. Let's keep it clean and not spoil the moment with a bunch of sanctimonious preaching? Thanks.

Many years ago now, I was living in a remote mountain valley in a cabin I'd built, and I was standing on a little deck at the back end of the cabin, which faced down the valley. It was raining very lightly and there was a brilliant rainbow arcing into the valley that seemed to end no more than 50 feet below the cabin.

We all know that you can chase a rainbow but never catch it, and the reason is because rainbows are actually circles when you see them from the air, above them. They only appear to be arcs that touch the ground.

But just because it really did look so close, I jumped down off the deck and ran down to where it seemed to end, and I found myself surrounded by brilliant prismatic colors in the air. I actually stood at, and in, the end of a rainbow!

After the Internet came along I searched out this amazing phenomenon and found that others had done the same thing and were themselves searching for others who'd done so. There aren't many of us, it seems to be a pretty elite club.

If conditions are just right, you really can stand in a rainbow and if you ever do, you'll treasure the memory of it for the rest of your life. What a wonderful planet we live on.
Before we get started here, I'd like to ask you po... (show quote)
...a treasured memory...
...a treasured memory......

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Jul 28, 2014 10:46:51   #
Searching Loc: Rural Southwest VA
 
Ve'hoe wrote:
I flew to Kauai,, after Hurricane Iniki,, the day after,,, the air was full of mist,,,, the rotors caused a vortex around the cockpit,,,,, as we slowed down the mist created a rainbow,,, at 60 kts, it created a perfect circle around the cockpit,,,, we tried to get photos, but you really couldnt see it..... it was just a gift,, fleeting, and only mean to be seen, experienced and enjoyed....


It is indeed a gift. Last year, coming back from the Amish after a rather violent storm, I was startled to find myself caught up in the kind of rainbow prism you describe, just not the circle, but sparkling bits of beautiful colors sprinkled all about, suspended in the air, like so much pixie dust. It truly was a thing of delicate beauty.

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Jul 28, 2014 11:23:10   #
Ve'hoe
 
Cool,, so you have seen that too?? It is something else..


But also,, a bit scarier, but just as beautiful is observing a lightning storm, in the mountains,,,, from above it... the lightning travels around and around,,,,through the cloud,,,always there, and occasionally shoots through to the ground.

Searching wrote:
It is indeed a gift. Last year, coming back from the Amish after a rather violent storm, I was startled to find myself caught up in the kind of rainbow prism you describe, just not the circle, but sparkling bits of beautiful colors sprinkled all about, suspended in the air, like so much pixie dust. It truly was a thing of delicate beauty.

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Jul 28, 2014 11:36:16   #
Searching Loc: Rural Southwest VA
 
Ve'hoe wrote:
Cool,, so you have seen that too?? It is something else..


But also,, a bit scarier, but just as beautiful is observing a lightning storm, in the mountains,,,, from above it... the lightning travels around and around,,,,through the cloud,,,always there, and occasionally shoots through to the ground.



It's the most beautiful thing....you almost look at it in what I can only describe as "childlike wonder"...violent storms...I'm fascinated with them. I LOVE watching the graceful arcing of lightening. It is indeed a beautiful thing!! I don't think, however, that I will ever be able to "embrace" the wind that comes with a powerful storm. When I lived in Hawaii, where almost every bit of rain came with a rainbow, I experienced a tropical hurricane with 100 mph winds, and watched in morbid fascination as my neighbor's roof blew down the street, and I ended up sitting in a corner at the back of the house watching the walls bend, wondering which bend might have the potential for being the one to make the wall give.

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Jul 28, 2014 11:48:10   #
Ve'hoe
 
Was that Iniki???


Searching wrote:
It's the most beautiful thing....you almost look at it in what I can only describe as "childlike wonder"...violent storms...I'm fascinated with them. I LOVE watching the graceful arcing of lightening. It is indeed a beautiful thing!! I don't think, however, that I will ever be able to "embrace" the wind that comes with a powerful storm. When I lived in Hawaii, where almost every bit of rain came with a rainbow, I experienced a tropical hurricane with 100 mph winds, and watched in morbid fascination as my neighbor's roof blew down the street, and I ended up sitting in a corner at the back of the house watching the walls bend, wondering which bend might have the potential for being the one to make the wall give.
It's the most beautiful thing....you almost look a... (show quote)

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Jul 28, 2014 18:17:45   #
Searching Loc: Rural Southwest VA
 
Ve'hoe wrote:
Was that Iniki???


No, it wasn't Iniki. Iniki hit in 1992. It was way before. I can tell you that watching the heavy power lines that go across the Pali smashing together in the winds and the sparks that flew as they met was an incredible light show all by itself!! It got me to thinking about all the "good times" had. I think I miss the flowers and the winter surf the most.

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Jul 28, 2014 18:32:50   #
Ve'hoe
 
That view off the pali,, I will never forget,,, the first time I saw it,,, my impression was that it had to be fake, it had to be man made,,, there is just NO WAY it could be that perfect,,, but it was...
Or when I flew to Haleakala,, or the Na Pali coast,,,, one of the most beautiful canyons on the islands is in Molokai,,, and it is the entrance scene on the movie Jurassic Park,,, that first sequence when they fly into the waterfall is on Molokai.

Searching wrote:
No, it wasn't Iniki. Iniki hit in 1992. It was way before. I can tell you that watching the heavy power lines that go across the Pali smashing together in the winds and the sparks that flew as they met was an incredible light show all by itself!! It got me to thinking about all the "good times" had. I think I miss the flowers and the winter surf the most.

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Jul 28, 2014 19:11:53   #
Searching Loc: Rural Southwest VA
 
Ve'hoe wrote:
That view off the pali,, I will never forget,,, the first time I saw it,,, my impression was that it had to be fake, it had to be man made,,, there is just NO WAY it could be that perfect,,, but it was...
Or when I flew to Haleakala,, or the Na Pali coast,,,, one of the most beautiful canyons on the islands is in Molokai,,, and it is the entrance scene on the movie Jurassic Park,,, that first sequence when they fly into the waterfall is on Molokai.


Ever see the red "coals" from a just burned sugar cane field at night? The simmering red against the black velvet of night, not a manmade light to mar the beautiful contrast, oh my...and...living in Kaneohe right up against the pali, looking out the kitchen window during rainy season and counting 17 waterfalls cascading down the mountain. I loved, on a Sunday morning at sunrise, sitting on a lava outcrop next to the Blowhole and having breakfast, but then I moved to the north shore and every day was an adventure, never knew what I would encounter on my walks along the beach. Sigh.

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Jul 28, 2014 21:35:14   #
Ve'hoe
 
Actually yes,,, but I saw them in Kauai,,, over near the canyon...Hawaii, was indeed cool,,,, I saw Kilauea spew a 350 plume of lava, I saw a humpback whale giving birth near Molokini Isle between Maui and Lanai,,, and one of the steam vents on the Loihi Seamount,,, the newest Hawaiian island coming up (It will be here in about 300K years)... I also saw mt Pinatubo go off in the Philippines,,, amazing stuff


Searching wrote:
Ever see the red "coals" from a just burned sugar cane field at night? The simmering red against the black velvet of night, not a manmade light to mar the beautiful contrast, oh my...and...living in Kaneohe right up against the pali, looking out the kitchen window during rainy season and counting 17 waterfalls cascading down the mountain. I loved, on a Sunday morning at sunrise, sitting on a lava outcrop next to the Blowhole and having breakfast, but then I moved to the north shore and every day was an adventure, never knew what I would encounter on my walks along the beach. Sigh.
Ever see the red "coals" from a just bur... (show quote)

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Jul 28, 2014 21:55:26   #
Ve'hoe
 
Neat to meet another Kama-aina, sometimes I miss it, are you a local boy?

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Searching wrote:
Ever see the red "coals" from a just burned sugar cane field at night? The simmering red against the black velvet of night, not a manmade light to mar the beautiful contrast, oh my...and...living in Kaneohe right up against the pali, looking out the kitchen window during rainy season and counting 17 waterfalls cascading down the mountain. I loved, on a Sunday morning at sunrise, sitting on a lava outcrop next to the Blowhole and having breakfast, but then I moved to the north shore and every day was an adventure, never knew what I would encounter on my walks along the beach. Sigh.
Ever see the red "coals" from a just bur... (show quote)

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