Sunday Scribblings: Research

Today's prompt has left me sitting here for a while wondering what to write about.

Which is strange, because usually I've always got something that I can fit smoothly into the Sunday Scribble for the week. Since the ball is in my court this time, and the topic hasn't been handed to me on a silver platter (I'm so spoiled!) - it is much more difficult. I'm going with something random which I'm SURE I know the answer to, but it seems to have slipped my memory since seventh grade science.

How are rainbows formed?

Rainbows have always intrigued me, and even now they brighten my day when I see one after a storm. They're sort of bittersweet too, seeing that I have a strange fascination with storms - so usually once the rainbow appears, the storms are finishing up. And there's the elusive pot of gold analogy, who can argue with that?

And, er, I take no responsibility if these facts aren't accurate. I'm just the researcher.


That you can only see rainbows when the sun is shining behind you and it is raining in front of you?

That all rainbows are part of a whole circle, but we can only see part of it because the Earth is in the way?

The traditional sequence of the colours of a rainbow are:
, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

Rainbows don't have an exact location in the sky; where they appear depends on where the person is viewing them from.

In GREEK mythology, the rainbow was considered to be a path made by a messenger between Heaven and Earth.

In CHINESE mythology, the rainbow was a slit in the sky sealed by a goddess using different colours.

In HINDU mythology, the rainbow is the symbol of the God of lightning and thunder.

In NORSE mythology, a rainbow connects the gods to the people.

In IRISH history, the leprechaun hides his secret stash of gold at the end of the rainbow (although one is never able to reach it.)

As for me? I just think they're beautiful, a wonder to behold. Why, just last week the "end of the rainbow" vanished into a field across from our house. Haven't you ever wondered what it would be like to see what lies there?

E N J O Y =)

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Autrice said...

Aw, good post! Rainbows are beautiful, as are your pictures of one!

LaLa said...

Wow, you live like near nature and stuff.

Nice post babes


Bug said...

Nice post! I actually saw a completely circular rainbow a few weeks ago in Maine. It was circling the sun (which was under cloud cover so you could stare at it without burning your eyes)! So cool!

Paris Parfait said...

Lovely post! To me, rainbows are always a sign of hope.

JavaCurls said...

Very interesting tidbits about rainbows! It comes at the perfect time too since my little boy is completely obsessed with rainbows right now! :)

swampgrrl said...

i love rainbows.

susanna said...

Rainbows are one of those gifts in Life that when seen, will always result in a smile, no matter where we are from or how old we may be.

tinker said...

What's not to love about rainbows? Thanks for a lovely post and pics (I don't know if I've ever seen a photo showing the bottom end of the rainbow like that before).

Papyrus said...

Informative and enjoyable. Thanks.

LuluBunny said...

A really lovely post on a really lovely subject :)

Kerstin said...

I enjoyed learning about the different mythology meanings. I love rainbows, too, even though we know theoretically how they come to be there is always something mystical and beautiful about them, isn't there? Nice post.

my backyard said...

Nice to get a different perspective on rainbows. I especially enjoyed learning how different cultures view them.

Don said...

Cool! I did not know some of those things...
Nice photos too!

boliyou said...

I love rainbows, too. Great post, and great research!

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