50 Incredible, Inspirational Double Rainbows [PICS]

May 2nd, 2013 Permalink

There are reflected rainbows in bodies of water; reflection and supernumerary rainbows, fogbows, multiple and high-order ‘rose of rainbows,’ tertiary and quaternary rainbows, twinned rainbows, and even moonbows . . . rare rainbows in the dark. Whew! Here we are focusing on a meteorological phenomenon and nature’s grand optical illusion trick that create double rainbows. Most all cultures regard a rainbow as a positive sign. So here is double the positive, double the awe and inspiration, that sparked the double rainbow meme. Have a great day and enjoy! [50 Photos]

Double rainbow over Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, CO

Double rainbow over Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, CO. Did you know there really isn’t an “end” to a rainbow? Maybe that’s why finding a pot of gold is as hard as spotting a tricky leprechaun. If you stood at where I can see the “proverbial” end of the rainbow, then that rainbow would appear to you to be in a different spot. It’s one of nature’s very best optical “illusion” tricks. Experiencing the phenomenon depends upon where you are standing, where the sun is and where the moisture is just right in the air. Rainbows, especially double rainbows, are considered a positive, awe-inspiring sign in most cultures. Photo #1 by Raymond Larose

Rainbow over Lake Väimela Alajärv, in Võru County, Estonia

No matter what language you speak, seeing a rainbow, any rainbow, is a stunning sight to behold. This one was seen over Lake Väimela Alajärv, in Võru County, Estonia. Seeing a double rainbow is double the pleasure, but some people claim that the double rainbow phenomenon is not as rare as most folks believe. Sometimes there is a second rainbow, but it is so dim that we simply miss it. You can make out the faint shape of the second rainbow in the top right of this photo. Photo #2 by Vaido Otsar


Double rainbow, golden nature

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away,” ~ written by an unknown Canadian man as a greeting card quote for Carleton Cards in the mid 1970’s. Photo #3 by Steve Wall

Double rainbow during a stormy Cancun afternoon

Double rainbow during a stormy Cancun afternoon. “Dare to love yourself as if you were a rainbow with gold at both ends,” wrote Aberjhani in The River of Winged Dreams. Photo #4 by purolipan

Double rainbow gate in England

In an 1802 poem My Heart Leaps Up, Wordsworth wrote, “My heart leaps up when I behold, A rainbow in the sky: So was it when my life began; So is it now I am a man; So be it when I shall grow old, Or let me die!” Photo #5 by Mark Robinson

The Calm After the Storm

The Calm After the Storm. Wikipedia explained a double rainbow as: “Secondary rainbows are caused by a double reflection of sunlight inside the raindrops, and appear at an angle of 50–53°. As a result of the second reflection, the colors of a secondary rainbow are inverted compared to the primary bow, with blue on the outside and red on the inside. The secondary rainbow is fainter than the primary because more light escapes from two reflections compared to one and because the rainbow itself is spread over a greater area of the sky. The dark area of unlit sky lying between the primary and secondary bows is called Alexander’s band, after Alexander of Aphrodisias who first described it.” Photo #6 by Toni Verdú Carbó

Double rainbow over the Merse, Scotland

Double rainbow over the Merse, Scotland. After the great flood and Noah’s famous Ark, came a rainbow that God said is His promise never to flood and destroy the entire earth again. But rainbows are so spectacular, that these multicolored arcs are woven into all kinds of legends, folklore, mythology and religions. Photo #7 by Neal Fowler

Double rainbow over Burning Man

Double rainbow over Burning Man. You know about the pot of gold that Irish folklore says is at the end of a rainbow, but in Navajo and Hindu cultures, rainbows are interpretations of creation. In Australian Aborigines myths, the Rainbow Serpent is the god and the creator of all. Did you see The Avengers film? The Bifröst Rainbow Bridge connects Earth with Asgard, the home of the Norse mythology gods. The Greek messenger Iris was said to travel on a rainbow. Everybody and their dog has seen rainbows in all kinds of marketing. The real thing is pretty incredible to behold. Photo #8 by John curley

Full featured double rainbow in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska

The person under the double rainbow in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska, looks so happy that you might expect a choir to break into George Friedrich Handel’s Hallelujah chorus. Photo #9 by Eric Rolph

Double rainbow over the London Eye

Double rainbow over the London Eye. Accuweather wrote, “Nature’s natural color spectrum always elicits the same pattern (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) when light is refracted. While a primary rainbow is visible when light is reflected once off the back of a raindrop, a secondary and usually dimmer rainbow is spotted when light is reflected twice in a more complicated pattern. The colors of the second rainbow are inverted, with blue on the outside and red moved to the inside. The second bow appears dimmer or cloudier because much more light is released from two reflections, and both bows cover a larger portion of the sky. It is rare and unlikely, but three or even four rainbows can be seen on occasion, but only if they are reflected off of the earthly objects.” Photo #10 by Trey Ratcliff

Double rainbows and departing storm clouds, Minsi Lake, Northampton County, Pennsylvania

“Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray,” ~ quote by Lord Bryon. Photo #11 by Nicholas A. Tonelli

Double rainbow over Blue Lakes Pass at sunrise in Colorado

Dr. Seuss once said, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Photo #12 by David Kingham

Double rainbow over Scotland

The photographer wrote, “Just as we reached the saddle of Stac Polaidh we were rewarded with the best rainbow(s) I have ever seen. Looking north across Loch Sionascaig to Suilven. Cul Mor and Cul Beag to the right.” Photo #13 by David Ian Roberts

Double rainbow at sunset over Clinton Lake, Kansas

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain,” ~ by Dolly Parton. Photo #14 by Patrick Emerson

Double rainbow over Holly Hut, New Zealand

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present,” ~ Bil Keane. Photo #15 by Kathrin & Stefan Marks

Brilliant double rainbow after a sudden rainstorm

Color of rainbow meanings: Red is the first or the topmost color in a rainbow and is the color of energy, enthusiasm and passion. Red is also the color with the longest wavelength, and it symbolizes vibrancy and security. Orange is the 2nd color from the top and symbolizes energy and wisdom. Yellow is the 3rd color from the top which is supposed to bring about a proper clarity of thought, wisdom, and improve decision-making skills. Green is the 4th and middle color in a rainbow, located in the center of the spectrum. Green symbolizes harmony, balance, growth, and good health. Blue is the 5th color and is known as the color of divinity; it helps to soothe and relax. Indigo is the 6th color (2nd from the bottom) and means infinity. It symbolizes wisdom, intuition, and self-mastery. This color is known to be the bridge between the finite and the infinite. Violet is the lowermost color in a rainbow; it is viewed as the completion and the beginning of energy vibration. Now flip those colors, red facing red, and that is a double rainbow. Photo #16 by Peggy2012CREATIVELENZ

There are tons of songs that mention rainbows, but this is probably the most ♬ iconic ♬. Wizard of Oz Video #1 via 0vertherainbow

Double rainbow reflections NSW Australia

Judy Garland once said, “I’ve always taken ‘The Wizard of Oz’ very seriously, you know. I believe in the idea of the rainbow. And I’ve spent my entire life trying to get over it.” Photo #17 by Hai Linh Truong

Double Rainbow Found

“Hope is a waking dream,” ~ by Aristotle. Photo #18 by Viewminder

Double rainbow over Italy vineyards

“Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us,” ~ quote by Samuel Smiles. Photo #19 by Angelo Amboldi

After a severe storm a few miles north of the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

After a severe storm a few miles north of the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. Is there a “meaning” to double rainbows? According to a Feng Shui site, “Double Rainbows are considered symbolic of transformations in your life. The material world is represented by the first rainbow while the second rainbow is the spiritual world. Seeing a single rainbow is fairly common so something we take for granted in the universe but when we see a double rainbow we stop and take time to admire the wonder of the universe.” Photo #20 by Nomadic Lass

Double Rainbow over the bay of Pocitos in Montevideo, Uruguay

Johann Gottfried Von Herder said, ~ “Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant. There is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks.” Photo #21 by Madrax

Double rainbow over Niagara

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us,” ~ quote by Alexander Graham Bell. Photo #22 by Justin Taylor

Girona, Spain, under a double rainbow

Girona, Spain, the proverbial “end” of a rainbow. Wikipedia explained that “an observer situated at that location would only see the rainbow end at a further distance.” Photo #23 by Jofre Ferrer

Red Thunderstorm Rainbow over Canim Lake

Red Thunderstorm Rainbow over Canim Lake. Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s learning to dance in the rain. Photo #24 by Brigitte Werner

Suspension bridge and double rainbow in Argentina

“May the love hidden deep inside your heart find the love waiting in your dreams. May the laughter that you find in your tomorrow wipe away the pain you find in your yesterdays.” Photo #25 by Gustavo Durán

My two favorite colors of the rainbow are gold and leprechaun by Jarod Kintz

“My two favorite colors of the rainbow are gold and leprechaun,” ~ Jarod Kintz, It Occurred to Me. Photo #26 by Stephen Nesbit

Double rainbow over Devon

Double rainbow over Devon. Photo #27 by PublicDomainPictures

Fighting mosquitoes a pain, but capturing a double rainbow, priceless

Fighting mosquitoes? A pain. But capturing a double rainbow? Priceless! Photo #28 by filip.farag

Double rainbow, New Zealand beach

Stop looking at what you have lost, so you can see what you have. Photo #29 by Stephen Murphy

Double rainbow on the 4th of July

The photographer wrote, “A double rainbow on the 4th of July? How awesome is this?” Recall that seeing the second rainbow phenomenon can be difficult? “We just got the edge of a storm that came through and I happened to go outside and saw this rainbow. Then when I was editing it, I noticed the double rainbow. The only way I could show the second rainbow was to lower the exposure which made me do a HDR process.” Photo #30 by Nicholas Erwin

Garden of the Gods Double rainbow

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that,” ~ quote by Martin Luther King Jr. Photo #31 by Raymond Larose

Amazingly bright double rainbow in Costa Rica

Amazingly bright double rainbow in Costa Rica. Photo #32 by Orin

Denali Double Rainbow Panorama

Denali Double Rainbow Panorama. The photographer wrote, “This double rainbow was a glorious sight I will remember until I die. The weather service said 0% chance of precipitation for three days. But this is Alaska, where weather forecasts aren’t much more accurate than a psychic hotline.” Photo #33 by Grant Eaton

New Mexico, a gathering double rainbow

New Mexico, a gathering double rainbow. Photo #34 by Jared Tarbell

Rainbow and Heather at Ruakaka, Northland, New Zealand

Somewhere over the heather at Ruakaka, Northland, New Zealand. The second rainbow is very dim and barely visible on the right. Photo #35 by Gordon Anderson

Double Rainbow over US Army in Afghanistan

Double Rainbow over US Army in Afghanistan. Photo #36 by Amber Leach

Double Rainbow in stormy skies of Redmond Washington

The best time to see a rainbow is reportedly “in the early morning or late afternoon, when the sun is lower in the sky. When the sun is in a lower position, a higher bow can be seen.” When half of the sky is still dark with raining clouds, and the photographer is at a spot with clear sky in the direction of the sun, the most spectacular rainbows are visible and can be captured against the contrasting darkened background. Photo #37 by Joe McCarthy

Double and Supernumerary Rainbow over Hawaii

Double and Supernumerary Rainbow. The photographer noted, “I captured this from a helicopter over the southeastern side of Hawai’i, near Hilo. In addition to the faint double rainbow, there’s a supernumerary, which is the additional bands of color inside the violet band.” Wikipedia added, “A supernumerary rainbow—also known as a stacker rainbow—is an infrequent phenomenon, consisting of several faint rainbows on the inner side of the primary rainbow, and very rarely also outside the secondary rainbow. Supernumerary rainbows are slightly detached and have pastel color bands that do not fit the usual pattern.” Photo #38 by James Walsh

Slight double light Curve in West Sussex

“Sigh, this is a supernumerary rainbow but the second one was pretty faint even with my HDR tinkering,” wrote the photographer. Photo #39 by cloudzilla

Burning Man double rainbow, This was one of the greatest moments of my life

Burning Man: “This was one of the greatest moments of my life.” Photo #40 by Barry M

Double rainbow over Embudo Valley

Double rainbow over Embudo Valley. Photo #41 by Mike Lewinski

We're still in Kansas, Dorothy, somewhere over the double rainbow

“And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow,” ~ quote by Gilbert K. Chesterton. Photo #42 by David DeHetre

Double rainbow out of my window over Arkonaplatz, Germany

“Double rainbow out of my window over Arkonaplatz, Germany.” Photo #43 by Matt Biddulph

Germany, It´s just an illusion

“It´s just an illusion.” Photo #44 by Daniela Hartmann

Rare twin and reflection rainbows at Sehestedt, Germany

Rare twin and reflection rainbows at Sehestedt, Germany. According to Wikipedia, “Unlike a double rainbow which consists of two separate and concentric rainbow arcs, the very rare twinned rainbow appears as two rainbow arcs that split from a single base. The colors in the second bow, rather than reversing as in a double rainbow, appear in the same order as the primary rainbow. It is sometimes even observed in combination with a double rainbow.” Then ScienceDaily added, “Sometimes, when the conditions are just right, we can observe extremely exotic rainbows, such as a twinned rainbow. Until now, no one has really known why such rainbows occur.” Photo #45 by Danapit

Reflection and double rainbows

In August 2012, research scientist Dr. Wojciech Jarosz at Disney Research, Zürich, discovered, “Sometimes two rain showers combine. When the two are composed of different sized raindrops, each set of raindrops produces slightly deformed rainbows, which combine to form the elusive twinned rainbow.” Left: Mirrored double rainbow in Naden Harbour, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia Canada. Right: Example of a reflection rainbow (contrast enhanced) over Skagit Bay, Whidbey Island, Washington. Photo #46 by Jason Drury & #47 by Tlatla

Double rainbow, Love was a feeling completely bound up with color, like thousands of rainbows superimposed one on top of the other

“Love was a feeling completely bound up with color, like thousands of rainbows superimposed one on top of the other,” ~ quote by Paulo Coelho. Photo #48 by gfpeck

Double Rainbow Sunset

Rainbow Sunset. The photographer wrote, The sunset was so surreal tonight, rolling soft colors across the fields…and then I saw the double rainbow, strangely monochromatic.” Photo #49 by Steve Jurvetson

Double Rainbow over Morro Bay CA

An American Indian Cherokee Blessing states, “May the warm winds of heaven blow softly upon your house. May the Great Spirit bless all who enter there. May your mocassins make happy tracks in many snows, and may the rainbow always touch your shoulder.” Photo #50 by Mike Baird

This video of Yosemitebear Mountain Giant Double Rainbow birthed the double rainbow meme; it’s been viewed by nearly 40 million people. Video #2 by Hungrybear9562

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