As much as I can appreciate a grand cathedral or a museum filled with classic paintings, sometimes there’s nothing better than a big, beautiful rainbow stretching across the sky. After seeing a particularly stunning specimen appear over the Portland skyline this weekend, I got to wondering about the best places in the world to see rainbows, and I found seven locations where the climate and landscape combine to create epic rainbows on a regular basis. Who wants to join me on a rainbow world tour? Click through the gallery to see where we’re going!
We all know about double rainbows thanks to Paul “Bear” Vasquez’s You Tube video. Triple rainbows are far more rare but have been documented. The motherload of all rainbows is the elusive quadruple rainbow, which had yet to be seen until this week. Behold the image of the first quadruple, or quaternary rainbow, ever photographed in the countryside of northern Germany. It may not look like much — it’s basically impossible to capture all four rainbows in the same picture, hence you can only “see” two – but it takes a whole lot of scientific serendipity to make a four-bow happen. It requires a quadruple bounce of light on raindrops for the multicolored beams to appear in the sunward part of the sky respectively 40 and 45 degrees from the sun. In lay terms, this bitch is worth four pots of gold for the “rainbow chaser” who caught her. I look forward to the auto-tuned meme by the Gregory Brothers. [MSNBC]
How do you pay tribute to the first gay community uprising in America? Well, it seems like Roy G. Biv has got it covered. Saturday, in New York City, an amazing double rainbow stretched across the sky. It seems a fitting homage to a city not only about to celebrate another spectacular Gay Pride Parade, but also the 40th Anniversary of The Stonewall Riots, an incredibly brave civil rights protest by the LGBT community. Keep reading »