RAINBOW BRIDGE Image Art & Fine Art Photography by Jo Ann Tomaselli
Gallery @ JO ANN TOMASELLI ~ FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY
It’s not very often I have the luck to witness a rainbow bridge so imagine my delight at seeing a double rainbow bridge!
It may sound corny, but I couldn’t stop hearing Judy Garland singing ‘somewhere over the rainbow’ as I photographed this amazing atmospheric weather condition. Unfortunately that was followed by the strands of Kermit the frog singing ‘rainbow connection’!
Most everyone knows that rainbows appear when raindrops reflect sunlight and break white sunlight into colors.
According to my science source, as light enters a water droplet, the different wavelength colors bend at slightly separate angles. Some of this light reflects off the back of the droplet and is bent a second time as the droplet emerges from the light beam. Drops at different angles send distinctively different colors to the eye.
What I didn’t know is that if light is hitting raindrops at a proper angle, a secondary, larger rainbow will appear outside of the main rainbow. This secondary rainbow is fainter in color than the main one because the light has been reflected twice by each raindrop. This double reflection also reverses the colors in the secondary rainbow.