Rainbow over the Malvinas Islands

February 28, 2024


Photographer: Christian Grosso
Summary Authors: Christian Grosso; Jim Foster

Shown above is a rather low-slung rainbow that appeared at Volunteer Point in the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) following a heavy rain shower. Since subarctic and subantarctic islands have scant trees and vegetation and many such island groups have geography that's unexceptional and skies that are often stormy, a strip of color across the sky can certainly brighten the day.

Note that no matter how near or far a rainbow seems to be in front of you, it's formed at infinity. This can be frustrating for a photographer since backing up to fit all its glory in the frame won't work. The bow remains the same angular size no matter how far away you are -- a wide-angle lens is a must. Photo taken on January 15, 2012. 

Falkland Islands Coordinates: -51.477834, -57.835503

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