Double Orange Rainbow Over Joinville, France

October 15, 2008


Provided and copyright by: Rudolf Wehrung
Summary Author: Unknown

The photo above showing a full, double orange rainbow was taken late in the day near Joinville, France in October of 2006. This stunning bow, donning autumnal colors, was enormous. I needed to take more than 15 photographs in order to completely capture its splendor. The sky opposite the rainbow was sharp yellow. Rainbows can be observed after sunset as long as the Sun is still close to the horizon. When the Sun is near or just below the horizon, the shorter wavelengths of light (violet, blue, green, and yellow colors) will be removed from our view due to increased scattering that occurs as a result of the longer path length of sunlight. Consequently, rainbows take on orange or reddish hues.