Multiple Rainbows

November 17, 2005


Provided and copyright by: Terje O. Nordvik, BioFoto
Summary authors & editors: Terje O. Nordvik

This stunning photo showing 3 rainbows in the sky plus their reflections in the water was taken outside the costal town Sandessjøen, northern Norway, in September of 2004. Rather intense rain showers had occurred on this afternoon, in between which brief glimpses of a low hanging Sun brightened the moody sky. Between the primary and secondary rainbow, a faint third bow appears with a different orientation than the others. This is a reflection bow, caused by light that has been first reflected off the lake before reaching the cloud droplets. Also, note the reflections of the other bows on the lake's surface.

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