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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 bone...you got to be ready!

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Taken on April 22, 2011