Late Afternoon Rainbow on Kohala Mountain

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Location: Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii

Sky Watch Friday

In the late afternoon, as a result of daytime convection, clouds tend to build up near the tops of the ridges on Hawaii's mountains.  Often it sprinkles a bit, too - a phenomenon known locally as "afternoon up-slope showers."   For those of us who live closer to sea level, a welcome by-product of those afternoon up-slope showers is the high likelihood of seeing a rainbow when we look toward the higher elevations with the sun behind us.   I snapped this smudgy rainbow with my point-and-shoot camera while standing in my driveway.

48 comments:

mirage2g said...

The sky was gray and blue, peculiar ha? but the rainbow is the star of this photo! Lovely Skywatch!

Happy SWF.
Visiting from Vienna Daily.

Louise said...

What a pretty shot. I love how the base of the rainbow seem so large.

Yen said...

WOW! Such beautiful sky with a little rainbow in the side!~Mine is posted HERE too. Happy SWF!~

Sherry said...

Very pretty and soft color.

Jim said...

Hi Bobbie, this is a very pretty rainbow. We missed the rain while we were on the Big Island (Hawaii).
Happy SkyWatching!
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MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

what a rainbow that one was

Your EG Tour Guide said...

A rainbow in the mountains...WOW! Happy Sky Watch!

fishing guy said...

Bobbie: Neat rainbow over your beautiful island.

Laura ~Peach~ said...

i love rainbows great photo!

imac said...

well caught.

Photo Cache said...

Rainbows are so magical, this one's very pretty too.

Wren said...

Think "Artistic" not "smudgy." But it's a neat photo regardless of what you call it.

Angie said...

That's beautiful!

vincibene said...

Beautiful magical picture!

Dina said...

This is the view from your driveway?! Even without a rainbow it is spectacular.

Leedra said...

Love the rainbow!

Luiz Ramos said...

Good chance. Beautiful rainbow.

Greyscale Territory said...

Such a lovely soft grey sky highlighting the fall of the rainbow! Simply beautiful!

Carletta said...

Hawaii and rainbows go hand in hand.
This is lovely!

reluctantfarmchik said...

Oooh - how gorgeous! I love rainbows. You found the end of one - was there a pot of gold?

Arija said...

Gentle rainbow, gentle landscape and gentle clouds. Very soothing and satisfying picture.

Country Girl said...

Ah. Nice! Wish I was there.

napaboaniya said...

The highlight of what seem to be a pretty gloomy day was brighten up with the rainbow :)

Deborah Godin said...

Beautiful and etherial! How fortunate to have such a view!

2sweetnsaxy said...

That's really pretty. I don't get to see many. It doesn't rain all that much here in Southern Cal.

Lilli & Nevada said...

I love this with a beautiful rainbow

Woody said...

Simply Awesome!

magiceye said...

beautiful capture!

Gattina said...

What a beautiful rainbow ! It's a long time ago I haven't seen one !

Tina said...

wow i have been waiting to take a rainbow pic for ages, but we rarely get them :( love your one

mine is here :)
http://www.mummydiariesblog.com/2008/09/sky-watch-friday-different-side.html

Reader Wil said...

It certainly is an interesting sky. You cannot tell what it will be: rain or sunshine. And the rainbow is beautiful!
Thanks for visiting!

auringonkukka said...

beautiful rainbow!
have a nice weekend!

Eleanor said...

This is a wonderful photo. I love the soft light and the rainbow! It was worth coming to visit you all the way in the Pacific.

Rowena said...

From one islander to another, you have one of the greatest views on earth. I haven't seen a rainbow in ages!

Love all of the previous posts too..bufo toads and all that stuff. Can't wait til I'm back!

CrazyCow said...

Aha, now I know why the pot of gold wasn't at my house - it was at yours ;-) Excellent choice for today's skywatch.

Durban Daily Photo

Celeste said...

Great shot, very soft and an interesting combination of blue skies and clouds.

Denise said...

What a very beautiful photo. Happy SkyWatch Friday!

Old Wom Tigley said...

No matter how many times I see a rainbow I still look at them as if I was still a child.. :O)

Tom

Dewdrop said...

What a spectacular affect!!! I would love to see rainbows regularly. How incredible! Yours seems huge with so much dimension! Love it!

Fish Whisperer said...

Wonderful photo and a neat expainlation of it.
Cheers

Kelly said...

Beautiful rainbow photo! So peaceful and relaxing! Great post!

Tootie said...

Beautiful rainbow and scenery Bobbie!

D Herrod said...

Wow! Great capture.

SandyCarlson said...

This is a very beautiful, dreamy photo. Thanks!

Catherine said...

Gorgeous capture, beautiful mountain, and the rainbow makes it magical!
Happy weekend, & Happy Sky~watching!
Cat

Barbara Martin said...

Lovely rainbow for the focal point of the photo. Beautiful shot.

Pearl Maple said...

Rainbows are so hard to photograph but yours is beautiful. Thanks for sharing with everyone at Sky Watch Friday.

BNS said...

Thanks to all of my SkyWatch friends for dropping by and for your kind comments. I always appreciate the feedback.

Bobbie