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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sky Watch Friday - Rainbow Clouds at Grand Canyon National Park


Last Saturday I was roving out to Bright Angel Point when I looked above and saw....

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46 comments:

Tranquility said...

That is beautiful!
I've seen a few of those, but never seem to have a camera handy. I had no idea what formed them - thanks for the great info!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

WOW!! Love these pics and your explination Gaelyn. Thanks for sharing this with us. Things like this are most unusual for me to see as we do not have them.

erin said...

i so like those clouds...and what a perfect guide you are to explain to the park visitors but then i wouldn't expect any less from you.
many hugs...
and thanks for letting me know about your distant relative. i have revised the post to include a click through to him and to YOU.

Small City Scenes said...

I have some beautiful pictures of 'sun dogs' as we always called them. I hope my rain dancing doesn't cause any flooding in some other part of the country. LOL MB

Sylvia K said...

Oh, WOW, indeed! Gorgeous shots! The colors are exquisite, almost other worldly! Believe it or not, I'm about ready to do some rain dancing myself -- it is HOT in Seattle -- 103 yesterday!

Have a great weekend, Gaelyn!
Sylvia

Diane AZ said...

Wow, you sure have a great place to view the sky! Those rainbow clouds are unusual and beautiful.

Barb said...

Beautiful capture, Gaelyn! Are these also called "Sun Dogs?" We have them sometimes here in CO - usually in the winter. Is it getting cold there at night?

Jazz said...

I've never seen anything like it. That is beyond cool.

Martha Z said...

I love these. I never saw sun dogs until I moved here to the Sacramento area but have seen them several times since.

Photo Cache said...

I've seen one like that for the first time only recently and it thrilled me to death.

Enjoy the weekend.

Sally in WA said...

Cool how we both saw one within a couple of weeks of each other. They are neat to see for sure!

Quiet Paths said...

Once in awhile we will see sun dogs here but nothing quite so pronounced as your beautiful ones. Great job!

EcoRover said...

Ah, nice--love the sunlight refracting through that high moisture.

James said...

Oh wow, That is so cool.

Dewdrop said...

Incredibly awesome capture! Beautiful!!! I don't see many of those, sun dogs, yes, those arcs... nope. Thanks so much for sharing.

Chris said...

What lovely clouds and thanks for the science bit. I've just discovered your blog and enjoyed it.

Deborah Godin said...

Exquisite! I can see it's Grand out there when you look up, too!

Janie said...

What a beautiful sight. You got great photos, and I was glad to hear the scientific explanation.

Kathiesbirds said...

Looks like a magic carpet to me!

Rajesh said...

Very interesting and spectacular shots of the sky.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Hexagonal crystals and circumhorizontal arc. I think that are making that up! ;)

Very pretty, and thanks for the meteorolygy lesson.

Brit Gal Sarah said...

Wow what a capture Gaelyn and wonderful that you knew the explanation too!

lazyclick said...

Simply superb. Loved the f=different colors in the sky.

Hildred and Charles said...

Lovely delicate shots, and thank you for the explanation A wonderful posting for Sky Watch.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Stunning! I don't think I've ever seen anything like that before. Great capture!

~Lisa

Patty Reiser said...

Beautiful photographs. I have an Aunt and Uncle who have been living in their mobile home, a custom Eagle Bus since the 80's.

Wishing you a scent-sational day!
Patty

Carolyn said...

These are stunning captures Gaelyn. The closest I have seen to this is sundogs which are caused in a similar manner. I have never seen these before...absolutely beautiful. Have a great weekend.
Smiles

Regina said...

Amazing skies!

Arija said...

What a magical moment for you Gaelyn! It is good when we listen to that nudge that makes us look in a different direction.

Postcards from Wildwood said...

These are BEAUTIFUL! I've never seen this before but will know what it is if I see one now! Thanks for the info and for sharing the beautiful images.
Janice.

Euroangel said...

another great SWF photos here...beautiful!

Ms. Fiddlesticks said...

Great shots. Always nice to have a camera handy. The sky changes so fast. You never know what you are going to see when you look up.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Gaelyn: That is a first for me, thanks for sharing your wonderful capture.

LV said...

You were at the right place at the right time to capture these great photos. Really are pretty. You have a very interesting job. I appreciate your visit today and comment.

Heather said...

What beautiful shots. I have observed this phenomenon a few times myself. Happy SWF!

Pam said...

That is an amazing photo op , Gaelyn. Its a good thing you were looking up at the time.
Thanks for explaining why and how this happens...
I saw this once but my camera didn't capture the wonderful colors the way yours did. It is a beautiful thing to see a rainbow of colors dancing in the clouds like that and I was definitely in awe when I saw it.
Have a great weekend, Gaelyn and thanks for stopping by :D

mountain.mama said...

I don't know which is better --the pictures or the explanation!

Russ said...

Cool shots!

As I'm sure shakespeare said: "A circumhoizontal arc by any other name..."

Ebie said...

OMG! This is so magical! I have never seen this phenomenon, ever! Thanks for the explanation. Next time, if I will ever be in this area or in any area, I will pay attention. Thank you and I have enjoyed this post.

Baruch said...

Awesome rainbow clouds

Ruth said...

Beautiful! I have never heard of this phenomena.

Michaelle said...

beautiful!

Tammie Lee said...

beautiful images, the rainbow is full of whimsy amongst those wispy clouds.

Barry said...

Absolutely fascinating, I've never heard of such a phenomena, much less been able to witness it.

You've made my day.

fourwindsphotojournal said...

So glad you posted this. I got a shot last month of color in a jet trail in a clear sky, and couldn't figure out where it came from.

Those wispy clouds are my favorite kind, even better with rainbow trim.

Louise said...

The visitors looked at you like you were crazy? This is gorgeous. I don't think I've ever seen this; I only see the sundogs when the sun is rather low in the sky.

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