Make mine a double

I always notice these little vernal pools along Happy Canyon road leading up to Figueroa mountain. An attempt to incorporate them into a sunrise shot several weeks ago didn't quite pan out as intended.

After work on Friday I headed up towards Manzana creek to camp out to allow an early start for a long hike down towards Manzana Schoolhouse. As I headed up San Marcos pass road, I ran into a bit of unexpected rain. Luckily it tapered off as I headed up the mountain. Unfortunately, it was still quite an overcast and gray sky... kind of dashing hopes for a sunset shoot. Just to check things out, I stopped to eat my sandwich along the road above the ponds.

Almost imperceptibly, the sky started to change. I gulped the last bit of my sandwich and reached into the back of my truck to get my camera. Turning back around I noticed things were definitely starting to happen! It was exciting to see the light change by the second, bringing out the green of the hills. Grabbing my tripod and pack I scrambled down the bank to get into position. Several times I stumbled over football sized rocks lurking in the waist high grass. Next time I look up, I see traces of a rainbow forming. OK...things are really happening fast now! Quickly I set up at the edge of the pond and take several shots, bracketing to cover the wide dynamic range of the situation. It just a few minutes, the clouds move along and the rainbow fades. Sometimes nature throws you a got to be ready!

  • Marc Briggs 4y

    Philip Male
    Take a look here regarding that dark region: Alexander's Band
    More interesting physics of light:
    JaveFoto I wonder if your dance was the same one I was doing ;-)
    Mark I wish I had time to put on my ultra wide to get the entire span of the rainbow!
    Janice L No pot of gold at all...they were on private property :-O
    Deej6 The rainbow was full arc, I don't remember if it was double and full arc...I just remember it faded before I could change to my 10-24mm.
  • Deej6 4y

    Sweet double rainbow (all the way?), what a rare shot. What a gorgeous landscape and light to go along with it.
  • Kahlee Spiritdancing 4y

    Great capture, Marc. A double beauty indeed.
  • AussieinUSA 4y

    Fantastic capture matey, awesome!
  • Lollygagging 4y

    Ohhh love that double rainbow! looks like an Ireland landscape. Nice bone thrown, indeed. :-)
  • NatureShutterbug 4y

    That looks like a vernal pool in the foreground?
  • Marc Briggs 4y

    NatureShutterbug Yes, I changed my caption. I guess it is more of a vernal pool than a Tarn. The image is mapped if you want to find them.
  • hug n angels 4y

    Great catch of the double rainbow here Marc.
  • maryanne 4y

    hey you - sorry i've been so sporadic lately - you know i miss you though when i'm away~! ha:)

    smiley smiley on this one :) :)
  • Charles Dastodd 4y

    wow incredible double rainbow! :)
  • Douglas Remington 4y

    Killer capture! Marc, have you ever seen the double rainbow guy on youtube? Effing hillarious!

  • Eric.Vogt 4y

    Terrific find Marc, awesome color! I love the fresh spring colors in this scene too.
  • Chuck Abbe 4y

    Love these stories where things happen quickly, a real challenge which you handled superbly. A really beautiful double rainbow shot.
  • jared ropelato 4y

    great comp light and KILLER 2x bow!
  • Panorama Paul 4y

    Wow... I hardly ever get to see rainbows here in Cape Town (especially not doubles)!! I did manage to find one recently in the Little Karoo though... and I even managed to take it's picture... I will process that image this evening... and post it on Flickr tomorrow (probably)!
  • Michelle N 4y

    That's a double bone, um, rainbow, beautiful capture, Marc! Usually, when I see a rainbow (those rare times), there's nothing to put in the foreground except for something ugly. Oh well, lol.
  • Billy the Dragon Boy 4y

    Love the double rainbow, nice shot!
  • Paul Porter Photography 4y

    Double rainbows yield a doubly sweet image. Beautifully done Marc.
  • Pete Davis 4y

    Amazing shot!
    One of these days I'll get lucky on a rainbow image :-)
  • Yuji Kozaki 4y

    Great story and picture. So wonderful!
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