|Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse from Rocky Harbour|
As the sun drew near the horizon a stunning display of bizarre weather unfolded before our eyes. First the clouds turned almost flourescent pink and the lighthouse turned on. A number of people sat on the rocks below the tower and, making the best of the situation, I started to shoot a series of close-in shots of the lighthouse, cropping out the nearby people.
To my surprise, after a time, people on the rocks suddenly began to turn around and point toward me, not far away, my tripod planted in a small clearing. This seemed a little unusual and I felt a bit self-concious and began to pack up to move to a different spot. As I turned around I realized the people weren't pointing and staring at me. A huge storm had rumbled in over the mountains to the east, and, combined with the light of the sun at the horizon, was creating the most enormous rainbow I've ever seen.
The closer the sun is to the horizon, the larger the rainbow, and at this moment the sun was almost touching the horizon. The rainbow grew brighter and brighter, and then a fainter, but still clear second, rainbow appeared, outside the first, until two full arcs stood above the heads of the astonished onlookers, with the background lit with the magic light of sunset, and the oncoming storm in the background. I stumbled frantically up an embankment where I could get a clear shot, but a pleasing composition was elusive (as seen below!) Still, it was a remarkable moment.
A few moments later, I turned around to see the sun slipping below the horizon.
As the sun faded a clap of thunder and spattering rain announced the onset of two days of rain, but I did have another evening at the lighthouse later, with a much less dramatic, but still beautiful evening.
|Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse at about 10:30 at night.|