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Catching Rainbows

Updated on January 15, 2015

Catching Rainbows

Rainbows are magical, soothing, beautiful and mysterious all at once. I've always loved rainbows and I'm sure many will agree that they conjure many feelings in us.

This photo is of a rainbow created by the crystal hanging in my bedroom. At certain times of the year and the day they are wonderfully present, dotting the wall with beautiful lights.

PS I haven't found any pots of gold! And the truth is we can never catch a rainbow - only perhaps in the lens of our camera.

Rainbow and pot of gold
Rainbow and pot of gold

Pot of Gold at the End of a Rainbow

Oldest and best known...

Naughty Irish leprechauns are said to leave a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow but of course it's never there! And it's impossible to find the end...

It signifies something that everyone wants but is unattainable.

The term "pot of gold at the end of a rainbow" is said to be a shortened version of the original saying "you are more likely to find a pot of gold than the end of a rainbow."

Picture is Clipart

Double rainbow
Double rainbow

The Rainbow Bridge

Many cultures, including the Norse and the Navajo, believed that the multi-colored rainbow was a bridge spanning the distance between heaven and earth and was the gateway to heaven.

Depending on the culture some believe that it is a link of six or seven bridges that souls of the departed must cross to reach Heaven.

The Japanese associate bridges with rainbows and actually have built a bridge called the Rainbow Bridge.

Photo by Aophotos

Remember your lost pet...

The "Rainbow Bridge" poem is to bring comfort to those who have lost a pet. Please watch it on the video or read one of the many other places on the web including the link below.

It is found in many places on the web I came across this at Coping with pet loss

Life is like a rainbow. You need both the sun and the rain to make its colors appear.

Dreamstime Photo of Rainbow
Dreamstime Photo of Rainbow

Rainbow After the Storm

The Old Testament tells of God showing Noah a rainbow after the flooding had stopped...God was putting his 'bow' down as a promise never to flood the earth again.

(Genesis 9:13-17) God said: "My rainbow I do give in the cloud, and it must serve as a sign of the covenant between me and the earth... and no more will the waters become a deluge to bring all flesh to ruin. ..."

Photo by Sandy Matzen

Waterfall rainbow
Waterfall rainbow

Other Beliefs

Good luck and Bad Luck

Rainbows conjure up feelings of both good and bad.

The Buddhists believe the rainbow to be the highest attainable state before reaching Nirvana.

It appears that in ancient times many cultures actually saw the rainbow as a snake and considered them bad luck.

They have also been widely used by various cultures to predict good hunting or sailing weather.

A superstition exists about pointing at a rainbow with your index finger - it is said that it will draw all the bone marrow from your body leaving you hunched! At one time heavenly bodies were thought of as gods, and therefore pointing at them was disrespectful.

In parts of Scotland and Ireland if a rainbow has both ends touching down in the same town or island it was thought to foretell death.

Photo by Mantasmagorical

Recent Rainbow Terms

  • The term Rainbow Nation was first used by Archbishop Desmond Tutu to describe the new South Africa after the first democratic elections in 1994.
  • Rainbow flags represent diversity and richness and have been displayed in many cultures. These days the rainbow pride flag is representative of gay pride.

Double Rainbows ~ Triple too!

Rainbows can come in triple and and even quadruple but are hard to capture. I was looking at one photographed on National Geographic but thought you needed a bit of imagination to see the triple rainbow really. But the photo below is definitely a double rainbow, don't you think? When I first saw it I was reminded of the TV series "The Dome"!

Apparently each of our eyes sees a rainbow differently - the spacing between the eyes has something to do with it. I tried it on a few pictures and I guess the main difference for me was brightness. This of course means we all see rainbows differently too even if we are standing side by side. I suppose then a photograph is the best way of us seeing what others see - providing we view it at exactly the same position!

Double rainbow
Double rainbow | Source

Sing a Rainbow Song

What is Your Favorite Color of the Rainbow?

Reflection
Reflection

What color do you like the most in the rainbow? Perhaps it's just your favorite color or has a special meaning. Tell us about it too...

My favorite rainbow color is...

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The soul would not recognise a rainbow without tears in the eyes.

Solly Ozrovech

Collage of Rainbow Footprints

Collage of Rainbow Footprints
Collage of Rainbow Footprints

Created using Corel Gallery

The only way to see a rainbow is through the rain.

Rainbows caught
Rainbows caught

Rainbow Over the Fence

Rainbow Over the Fence
Rainbow Over the Fence

Rainbow Viewed from the Front Garden

Rainbow Viewed from the Front Garden
Rainbow Viewed from the Front Garden

The Rainbow's End

Rainbow at sea
Rainbow at sea

Photo by Middlewick

Tell Us Your Rainbow Stories. - Or just share your comments...

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      I love rainbows, and the wonderful ways you've captured your own are great.

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      Melissa 4 years ago from Florida

      Rainbows are so pretty, I really enjoyed reading and looking at all of the pictures in your lens!

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      BarbsSpot 4 years ago

      @Lensmaster...What a delightful Lens! It's vibrant with colors, just like the real thing, and it casts a spell of peace. I like the "Rainbow Bridge" poem for pets! Lovely thoughts for our companions who have passed.

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Thank you for publishing this wonderful rainbow.

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Thank you for publishing this wonderful rainbow.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      All the colors of the rainbow - magical. Great lens.

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      Truly lovely! They say a double rainbow is a sign of God's favor. Blessed! :)

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      ryokomayuka 4 years ago from USA

      I love taking photos and see Rainbows.

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      Joy Neasley 4 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I love rainbows. Great lens.

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      ideadesigns 5 years ago

      Rainbows are so exciting, racing for the camera every time, mostly because you don't know how long it will be there. Beautiful lens. â¥â¥

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      DecoratingMom411 5 years ago

      I like seeing rainbows after the rain.

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      antoniow 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens, nicely done! Squidlike

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      What a colorful lens! ;)

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      raelcalu 5 years ago

      nice lens...thanks for the share.

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      momsfunny 5 years ago

      I always look forward to rainbows after the rain. They're so beautiful.

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      How precious, I really enjoyed the rainbow photos and the lovely sense of peace.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Another terrific article! I love learning new things and you always seem to provide a great variety of information. (P.S. My sister has a dog website and, you guessed it, she has the "Rainbow Bridge" poem on there as well! It's a very cool poem!). Take care!

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      Kathleen Hiler 5 years ago from Mountain Home

      No story but truly appreciate the gift God gave us :)

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      @WinWriter: Yes, I totally understand. It still get choked up.

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      WinWriter 5 years ago

      I'm so glad to have discovered your lens on rainbows. When I see one, I'm like a little kid. I want to pull over and look at it - a gift from God. Love the pictures. I have to admit I couldn't get through all of the Rainbow Bridge video. It is beautiful, but the song and the sentiment make me think of my dogs in the past that we had to put down. The tears still fall - I miss them a lot. Loved your lens. Blessed!

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Recently, a storm passed through and left two rainbows behind. It as magical, and the first time I've ever seen two rainbows at the same time.

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      @lclchors: A gift for your birthday from nature!

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      lclchors 5 years ago

      on the day of my 50th birthday I was having a party outside. It started to pour rain but only for a few minutes then in the eastern sky was a perfect rainbow ground to ground

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      Where I come from, we see rainbows daily. It is a beautiful thing.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      I love to catch rainbows and photograph them ... they are such beautiful marks of nature.