Wednesday May 29 2013
Seeing your photos tells me I was right all along (from many years ago) that Montana is pretty close to Heaven on earth. I have never been to “the West” but your photos make me feel as though I can be there anytime I choose. Just love seeing what your eyes are blessed to see. thanks
Jean, I am so pleased that you enjoy seeing what I am privileged to see here. That’s why I have kept up this blog. There is so much beauty in the outdoors and especially in the roadless areas that still remain. Few people visit those areas to see for themselves.
Wowzer! I think what you captured might have been a circumhorizon arc. One of the best sites for identifying such things is Atmospheric Optics. Here’s a link to their page on rainbows that aren’t rainbows! You can click on the link or image to be taken to the page for the circumhorizon arc. I found the site about three or four years ago, when I was trying to identify a circumzenithal arc (it’s in the upper left). I couldn’t imagine an upside down rainbow!
Thank you for the link and the information. I think you are exactly right. I’ve seen somewhat similar things before but not quite as pronounced as this and without the other types of clouds in the same sky. Our planet is always incredible!