- "A moonbow (also known as a lunar rainbow, lunar bow or white rainbow) is a rainbow produced by light reflected off the surface of the moon rather than from direct sunlight. Moonbows are relatively faint, due to the smaller amount of light reflected from the surface of the moon. They are always in the opposite part of the sky from the moon.
It is difficult for the human eye to discern colors in a moonbow because the light is usually too faint to excite the cone color receptors in human eyes. As a result, they often appear to be white. However, the colors in a moonbow do appear in long exposure photographs." wikipedia
- cars along northside drive
- while we were waiting, we saw the light of a flashlight moving along this ridge...some brave (foolish) soul was hiking up there at night, on an icy path in the dark)
Upper Yosemite Falls with Moonbow
On Sunday night we hiked to the base of lower Yosemite Falls to catch the moonbow, but 30 or so photogs had beaten us to it...tripods all lined up in a row along the bridge, getting soaked in the mist. The moonbow was gorgeous sight, but by the time I squeezed into position, the clouds had come over and the moon disappeared.
Monday night we ended up at Cooks meadow for a view of the moonbow at Upper Yosemite Falls, serenaded by a choir of frogs.
Many thanks to my brother and nephew for joining me, who don't think I'm nutty at all for standing in a dark field in the cold in the middle of the night listening to frogs, waiting for the moon...and enjoying every moment xoxo
note: looks prettier viewed large