Be Thou the Rainbow


“Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray.” ~ Lord Byron

I don’t know anything that speaks fresh more than a rainbow after the rain. And I can’t think of a more appropriate photo than this, taken with an iPhone 5. Much thanks to my guest author, Steve, for this photo taken on a recent vacation. When I saw it, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Simply spectacular. But there is something else quite delightful about this photo. If you look across the top third you will see a faint hint of color. There is another rainbow, making it that more rare event of a double rainbow! It’s worth clicking on for a larger view. I’ve asked Steve for a short description:

“We were at our hotel in Moorea and it had been a blustery day with thirty mph winds and a fine, misting rain. Curiously, there were times that it continued to rain even when the sky had minimal clouds or even blue skies. This photo was taken from a bridge as I was walking across the hotel grounds.”

Peace, Alexandria
{P.S. This photo was taken with an iPhone 5. The only editing done was the “enhance” tool within iPhone, which did little to alter the photo. Nothing else was done. To me, the photo is perfect in every way. I give Steve credit for being fast with the camera and setting up perfect composition.}
Daily Prompt: Colors

My favorite:
The Colours of Love

You might enjoy some other articles by Steve:
A Tale of Agony
My Thoughts on Aging
Taxes Made Simple
Healthcare: Good, Fast, Cheap. You Only Get Two

Leave a comment


  1. What a wonderful picture 🙂
    A rainbow, esp such a clear one makes one feel totally fresh and it certainly gets us closer to nature and its wonders.

  2. Fantastic!

  3. Thank you, Alexandra, for pinging my post, and your lovely comments. Fantastic rainbow post. And yes, the sun after rain, a magic moment.

  4. You might have discovered paradise… Great picture!

    • Actually, Wikipedia states it is probably the most beautiful island in the world. I’ll defer that opinion to guest author, Steve, since he was there. I got glimpses of several of his photos so I definitely agree with you. Thanks for dropping by!

  5. heavens that’s pretty amazing.

    • Couldn’t agree with you more. My jaw dropped first time I saw it. Had to share. Thank you for taking the time to comment. I’m glad you enjoyed.

  6. I’ve only seen a double rainbow once in my life. Didn’t have any camera with me though. But it was a very lovely sight. Doesn’t beat this one though, water and mountain and all.

    • Steve only had his iPhone 5 with him. It was one of those rare moments in life and I’m so glad he captured it. Excellent in every way, as you say, with the mountain, water, etc. I printed it on 8 x 10 and the resolution is sharp and clear. Simply amazing!

  7. Wow, amazing!

  8. pattisj

     /  July 23, 2013

    That’s an amazing rainbow!

  9. what a beautiful shot of the rainbow, The colors are nice and vivid. Beautiful

  10. Steve, what a great shot! Nice catch.


    • Thank you very much. I just realized I did not respond to your comment. Apologies. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Have a great day.

  11. I agree it is beautiful! iPhones are amazing cameras! By the way, I have an award for you on my site. Please accept it as a token of my appreciation for being my blogging friend. 🙂 Marsha ☺

    • Thank you, Marsha. I’ll do my best to accept. I’m posting my awards on a separate page. Just got it started so it might take a bit of time. Since yours was most recent I’ll start with yours first.
      Thanks for the visit and “like”, too!

      • You are welcome. 🙂 I know awards take time, so just use it as you wish. They take a lot of time, but I always feel good when someone picks me out of so many other bloggers to honor. 🙂

  12. What a perfect photo from the lovely iPhone 5! I have one question for Steve. I have taken a ‘closer’ type of rainbow photo. Did you have to use the ‘panoramic’ option? Or did the rainbow just fit inside the viewer? Just curious… Does the iphone5 have that feature within the camera as well? Thank you to you both!

    • The photo was taken in regular mode. It fit just fine. The iPhone 5 does indeed have the panoramic feature in it. Steve expresses thanks that you enjoyed his photo, as do I. Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to comment.

  13. This is so beautiful!

  14. Lovely picture… Couldn’t have picked a better picture for the challenge…

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