Wheat Field & Rainbow


This photo was taken on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

We've had lots of thunderstorm activity this week. Yesterday, as one of the storms blew past it left this tremendously clear rainbow in its wake. There's lots of great detail in the large version. (Those are chamomile flowers growing in the wheat.)

Happy Birthday, Mom! And thanks for driving the "getaway car" again, Jenn!

Camera settings and post-processing: Shot with the Canon EOS 5D and the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4Llens at 29mm, ISO 250, shutter speed 1/160s, aperture f/18. Curves adjustments, color balancing.

Thank you for visiting Durham Township!

-- Kathleen


The fury of the storm has only just past
The arch of a rainbow in the sky is now cast
Bright sun lights the wheat
Dark clouds are rather neat
Captured is a memory that will last.

Posted by JPH on June 19, 2008 9:28 AM

This is just so beautiful. One of the most vivid rainbows I've ever seen photographed so dramatically. Thanks for posting it today; it's my birthday too!

Posted by RD on June 19, 2008 10:20 AM

great picture. the wheat against the sky is unbelievable.

Posted by niv on June 19, 2008 10:23 AM

And here's one for mom.....

"Happy Birthday" is shouted by the crowd
May you have a party, joyous and loud.
Take a moment to count
Blessings that spring up like a fount
Like a daughter with talent to make a mom proud.

Best wishes.

Posted by JPH on June 19, 2008 10:36 AM

beautiful shot, love the high key foreground

Posted by Ame on June 19, 2008 10:44 AM

Awesome colors. Love the clarity of the rainbow, the arch does well to frame the mountains in the background.

Posted by Ayash on June 19, 2008 10:55 AM

Appearing as a rainbow, the protective dome of the distant city provides safety and security. Life outside the bubble offers only the uncertainty of freedom.

Posted by david tinnon on June 19, 2008 12:42 PM

If someone told me that this rainbow was
was right outside their front door I would have
said " oh yeah, sure,go back to sleep.
But I was there when it happened and saw the very
dramatic dark sky and the brilliant colors.The
only thing I didn't see was the pot of gold
laying in the grass where it ended.
Nature performs for Kathleen.

Posted by Victoria on June 19, 2008 1:19 PM

Amazing! I've never seen such a clear & complete rainbow as this one.

Posted by Anthony DiSante on June 19, 2008 2:57 PM

Awesome colors! Love the warm foreground and the dark background. Stunning rainbow! Very beautiful!

Posted by Alejandra on June 19, 2008 3:49 PM


Posted by on June 19, 2008 4:55 PM

Awwww Thanks so much, that was sweet!

Posted by Lorraine on June 19, 2008 5:04 PM


Posted by kayt on June 19, 2008 8:11 PM

I love your photography, I rarely comment. But every day I'm excited to see what else you have captured. I think this is one I would love to frame and put in my apartment!

Posted by d-ann on June 19, 2008 10:40 PM

Gotta be one of the most spectacular rainbow shots I've seen!

Posted by Bob on June 20, 2008 8:43 AM

That rainbow certainly gets around. In this mornings mail was an image of a group of John Sexton's workshoppers on a rim at Canyon de Chelly with this same sort of rainbow above them.


Posted by Frank Armstrong on June 20, 2008 9:20 AM

Lovely picture. Nice compose and it´s famous colour in it
Have a nice day to you from Sweden

Posted by Kent on June 20, 2008 3:01 PM

This is a great site - I really enjoy seeing your images, from here in New Zealand. What a lovely place to live.

Posted by Mary on June 20, 2008 6:31 PM

This is the Verge of Seas to be-
Bounty within Bounty
Holds the Rainbow's stormy sweep
And Blossoms in the wheat-

Sweet Rede once sung, sweet Eye has seen
White Chamomile strewn Sheaves
All Whole- All Part Infinity
Seas open unto Seas...

[The concept for the above and the entire phrase "the Verge of Seas to be" is from Emily Dickinson's poem (1st line) "As if the Sea should part" which your photograph brought strongly to mind for me. I hope you, she, and all who may read mine will forgive any clumsiness in the borrowing.] Wonderful picture. One, I think, of your best. Thanks for sharing it here.

Posted by gdg on June 21, 2008 10:16 AM

Three servings of gold for the birthday mom. Two distant pots and a field full in the foreground. Wealth on a scale the dwarfs the more traditional cake and candles...and well deserved by all indications! Happy Birthday, Lorraine!

And the usual (over)dose of gratitude to shooter and driver. What a team. (Somebody check the getaway car for residue of treasure!)

Posted by david tinnon on June 21, 2008 11:36 AM

My god, that's the first rainbow i've ever seen in which every single color is visible. This brightened my day!

Posted by Rachel on June 21, 2008 10:12 PM

very nice...
Lovely picture :x

Posted by parhum on June 22, 2008 7:02 AM

Ah, the magic of a rainbow. Makes me smile :)

Posted by Noreen on June 22, 2008 8:41 AM

Thanks David. Actually, we did get the gold. As
those two ran for the car in the rain, Grandson
and I remained on the porch and saw the rainbow
from a different angle. It started on a hill
directly across our view and ended a short
distance up the road.
With sweet thoughts from you and JPH the party
is extending all weekend.

Posted by on June 22, 2008 1:30 PM

Your picture is excellent! The way you took it makes it look almost 3 dimensional.

Posted by Doug on June 23, 2008 12:27 AM

Before us stands the means to connect all countries. Spanning the differences between us with equal amounts of everything on both sides! Let us end the arguments, let us ignore our egos and provide the earth's bounty for all of the people of the world, regardless of race, regardless of religion; come together as one before that elusive, conciliatory bridge fades away once again; another golden opportunity lost.

Posted by Willow on June 23, 2008 10:10 PM

Willow; The greater good of the many has historically been the concern of the few, and the students of the Sophists have always way out numbered the students of Socrates. Then there is the one about the "wide path" and the "narrow path." Anyway, you always make me think....mostly about things written long ago....and sometimes I wonder what else you've written......?

Posted by david tinnon on June 26, 2008 11:45 AM

I've seen a few "perfect" rainbows this year but I am always stuck in traffic where I cannot get out the camera to get the shot. I am jealous!

That's a beautiful sight!

Posted by Laurie on July 3, 2008 11:17 PM

wow! spectacular and amazing light!

Posted by John Zeweniuk on July 7, 2008 1:39 AM

great job kathleen

Posted by pierre on July 16, 2008 5:06 AM

David: The sophists had more followers because the refreshments were better! I think it is better to boldly stride down the narrow path or even to turn sideways, if necessary, and adapt to the path than to march with the masses down the larger one. As for other things I have written, there are scattered fragments in my heart and mind that have found a home here.

Posted by Willow on August 3, 2008 12:06 PM

very nice shot!

Posted by giovanni on October 10, 2008 4:53 PM
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