The Miracle of a Rainbow

On Saturday evening, I witnessed a miracle, eye candy that was heaven-sent.  We first spotted the colours in the sky at about 7:30pm after a very special evening.  It was a sign, an omen for a wonderful future.  I felt it.

Merriam-Webster had a more scientific explanation for the phenomenon.  It was “an arc.. that exhibits in concentric bands the colors of the spectrum and that is formed by the refraction and reflection of the sun’s rays in raindrops, spray, or mist”.  [Not a valid template]

The Rainbow was absolutely spectacular.  I’ve never seen the full arc from one end to the other with a mirrored band above nor been so ‘close’ before.  Of course, according to Wiki, a rainbow is “not located at a specific distance, but comes from any water droplets viewed from a certain angle relative to the Sun’s rays. Thus, a rainbow is not a physical object, and cannot be physically approached.”  So, the pot of gold was not achievable, apparently although I wonder if we were actually in the rainbow from some perspectives on the water that night.[Not a valid template]

In southern Ontario, it was a stormy, wet, weekend – not ideal weather for an outdoor wedding in a park followed by a dinner boat cruise around the Toronto Harbour and Islands.  But, of course, you have to work with what you get and in the end, this most wondrous omen appeared in the sky on our return journey to the dock.

I was delighted to be included in my old friend Jola’s wedding last weekend.  We were great friends in our twenties but I got busy with kids and career, she moved out west and we lost touch until the last few years on Facebook.  She came to town with her amazing fiance, John, from Calgary to get married on her father’s boat, the “Island Princess”.  The wedding was in the Toronto Musical Gardens, right by the boat.  There were delays due to the misty, windy weather but ultimately it went off without a hitch and we all climbed into the boat for the reception.

There was some rain on and off but we were comfortable in the boat in a wind-protected area among the Toronto Islands.  It was so great to see how happy Jola and John were.  She found her soul mate and I am thrilled for her.

On the return to harbour, the visual delight of the double rainbows stretching across the lake from the Toronto city side to the islands seemed to be nothing short of a divine promise of everlasting love and friendship for them both.[Not a valid template]

Vimeo had a weekend film project to create a one minute short of scenes from the ‘magic’ hour (dawn or dusk) over this past weekend so I pulled together this short video with the little bit of film clips I had and some of the shots: Short Rainbow Video with Pictures on Vimeo



With a professional background and education in enterprise software but a lifelong love of the arts, I published my second novel, "Vision Speak", in 2010. Over the past several years, I've explored photography, film production and screenwriting. Along the way, I've questioned my obsessive pursuits - am I crazy? Perhaps this quotation from Thomas Merton serves as explanation. "Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” I'm still searching... 


  1 comment for “The Miracle of a Rainbow

  1. Susan James
    September 19, 2012 at 6:05 am

    Spectacular photos of the double rainbow Eden. How meaningful for your friend to have this fairly rare event occur on the evening of her wedding. I’m sure neither the wedding couple nor their guests will ever forget such a magnificent display of beauty from Mother Nature. Good for you to capture it on film and create a stunning video as well.

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