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01-03-2011, 03:41 AM   #31
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Rainbows on Rainbow Bay beach, Gold Coast:


Nice rainbow. So this place is actually called rainbow coast? I presume it is because of high frequecny of rainbows? The breaking waves produce a lot of droplets...has that got something to do with the rainbow, or is it just a rainy place?

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Thanks Douglas, Rainbow Bay beach was once known as Snapper Rocks due to the attractive fishing there. Then sand was pumped in around the bay and it became a strategic military outpost. According to this website, Captain Henry John Rous named Rainbow Bay in 1828 after his ship, the frigate HMS Rainbow, while he was on commission to find suitable new fertile lands. So nothing to do with rainbows...
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Thanks Douglas, Rainbow Bay beach was once known as Snapper Rocks due to the attractive fishing there. Then sand was pumped in around the bay and it became a strategic military outpost. According to this website, Captain Henry John Rous named Rainbow Bay in 1828 after his ship, the frigate HMS Rainbow, while he was on commission to find suitable new fertile lands. So nothing to do with rainbows...
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Great idea - here is what I found:


Sun Dog


Volcano enhanced sunset
Thanks to the Eyjafjallajökull eruption last year.

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Not sure if these are actually "phenomena", but they sure are weird clouds.

Morning in Ridgecrest.




Afternoon in Long Beach.



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Here's a recent sun dog. I have seen a few of these through the cold weather of the past weeks.


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Clou and Joe, you two got better pictures of sundogs than I managed on the first and only one I have seen this winter. A crow (only a black speck) is flying through it (left side of photo).

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Not sure if these are actually "phenomena", but they sure are weird clouds.

Morning in Ridgecrest.




Afternoon in Long Beach.
I'd say that those lovely warm colors in the clouds probably indicate a quite high level of dust in the air, which would scatter light of different wave lengts differently. Not in the cloud, but in the dry air, so that the light that reach the cloud mainly have yellow and red part of the spectra left. 2nd shot is lovely!

The clouds in the end are first a Cumulus Congestus (yeh, all clouds have names in latin, like flowers), with a bit of thin Cirrus stratus to the left, which are probably origin from the top anvil of another Cumulus Congestus.
In the last photo you can see that the cloud top is becomming diffuse and that is because ice chrystals is forming and growing rapidly while consuming the water previously in the droplets. Then the cloud becomes a Cumulus Nimbus and rain is about to fall.

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Double rainbow at sunset in the Sonoran Desert...







We almost missed the rainbow, which was behind us, because my son... literally... almost stepped on this little guy, which I believe was a juvenile Western Diamondback that came out in search of a meal after a brief desert rain.

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Looks like this thread needs a wake-up & I don't know where else to post these so here goes. These are some before & after storm clouds from the past few days. We've had really unsettled weather & tornadoes, but made for some interesting (to me) photos. Wish I had a clearer line of sight on the sunset shots.








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West African coastal skies

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I was excited to capture my first full rainbow:



I had to use a 16mm fisheye to get the whole thing in the frame - f8, 1/20, ISO 200 on a K-7. (The last time I used this lens I had SR set to 300mm. It's a lot sharper with SR set at 15mm.)
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I'm not trying to monopolize the thread, but just a few minutes ago I got a photo with lightning. The only other time I've done this, I always had to point out the stroke to people, it was so small.



ISO 100, DA 16-45 @ 16mm, f4, 8 sec. and keep the rain off the lens.
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