Fickle Weather Brings a Bonus

The forecast for this morning was rain after 8 am, so at 6:30 I drove to a local park for my walk, hoping to take some photos along the way. I arrived to find the sun rising, just breaking through the clouds.

I started my walk with the sun rising in the East and as I walked South West the sky looked dark and threatening

I continued on, seeing a Northern Flicker bathed in sunlight as he faced into the rising sun

I could hear thunder in the distance, but where I was walking was still light and fairly sunny. Then ahead of me, in the direction where those dark skies were, there was a rainbow and the skies were now blue!

I can only imagine it must have rained wherever that was, leaving a rainbow across the sky. The camera could not do justice to what it looked like in real life- it was so brilliant, so bright, you could see every color like each was on fire. I even got a little choked up at the sight of it, it was so beautiful. I then turned my gaze across the sky and realized it reached all the way across, something I had never seen before. It stretched from ground to ground, but I could not capture the whole thing on either side, but wanted to catch that arc.

Just as I got the shot the rain started, quickly and fiercely, so I ran for that building on left and took cover, as my car was parked a mile away! In less than 5 minutes it stopped raining, at which time I headed back towards the car. On the way I spotted this little guy, feathers wet from the downpour

Just as I got into my car the skies opened once again. I smiled all the way home, having seen the sun, the rain, and a rainbow all in an hours span of time.