Friday, January 15, 2010

Long Division



SKYWATCH

LONG DIVISION


Is this an optical illusion? Will some Blogger tell me why
A rainbow can make such a neat division in the sky?
A cloud approaching stealthily would not come as an arc!
Why should a rainbow split the heavens into light and dark?
When I looked up in reality the sky all looked pale blue.
It was only through the camera that indigo shone through!
So, dear Scientific Blogger, please listen to my plea,
And explain this 'long division' to this rather ignorant me!
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Another optical worry here:
http://rinklyrimes.blogspot.com/2008/11/strange-illusion.html

21 comments:

overtiredmum said...

It's the glimmer from the pot of gold at the end lighting up the lower part of the sky. xo

J Bar said...

Good capture.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Tammie Lee said...

how very beautiful, what would we do without the indigo!

Coffeedoff said...

Was going to say I had no idea, but must add, I like the glimmering pot of gold theory.

Sylvia K said...

Don't have an answer for you, but love your rainbow and your words, as always! Wishing you a lovely weekend!

Sylvia

MARGARET GOSDEN 2 said...

It has been years since I saw a good rainbow! The division was probably there, you just didn't see it. It is amazing what cameras can do these days, like the ghost that appeared in Georgia O'Keeffe's black door!

Serendipity said...

Very pretty!

Jenn Jilks said...

Well done! Beautiful shot. No rainbows in My Muskoka !

eden said...

Excellent capture of the rainbow. I just love it. I dont have any idea too and thank you for sharing.

Amity said...

I am no scientific blogger but you made a lovely and interesting post out from that awesome pic Brenda!

God's creations always give us wonder!

Have a nice day!

~Cheryl said...

What a beautiful rainbow! Thanks for catching it and sharing it (and giving me something to ponder as well!).

Gena @ thinking aloud said...

Hi Branda! Love the rainbow - haven't captured a good enough one yet - need to work on it!!
Gena @ thinking aloud

karan a said...

Beautiful capture...

I guess the rainbow has divided the sky in various shades for us, to think, to ponder, to rejuvenate!

Same colour through out the sky would have been so mundane to watch... Hope it answers you well.

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful capture of the rainbow, they just make me happy to see them.

Darlene said...

Sorry, I can't explain the phenomenon either.

It is a beautiful rainbow. I wish we could see one here. It has been so long since we have had rain I think the desert is shriveling up.

Erin said...

hardly ever see rainbows in my area...tho on rare occasions they are visible. nice capture of this one. as to why the dark/light, i've not a clue.
have a wonderful weekend.

Ginny said...

I've never noticed such a thing! An amazing sight and one of those things that I take as an affirmation and little gift from God! Have you ever seen an ice halo in the sky? It's kind of like a rainbow, only not as colorful. Where a rainbow is formed by mist, an ice halo is made of tiny particles of ice high in the atmosphere. I saw one on October 14 last year, and got pictures. My post on that is called "Ice Halo" if you want to see it.

Liz said...

Great capture of the rainbow!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Lovely picture. There are many things I wish I understood better, but I just want to continue to think of a rainbow as pure magic.

Hildred and Charles said...

Lovely rainbow, beautifully captures, - but no, I can't explain the division. Just one of natures beautiful gifts I guess.

Stormblast1953 said...

I love this one!!