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Rainbow caps off the season’s camping

A nice little scene following an afternoon thunderstorm at our campsite in Estes Park, Colorado this past Friday. In the wake of the storm, the sun reappeared to the west and to the east a good-looking rainbow appeared. This weekend pretty much puts a wrap on our camping season which is always a bit of a bummer. We will be anxiously awaiting that first trip of the spring! Only six months to go or so. 😉

A fall thunderstorm brings a rainbow to Estes Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A fall thunderstorm brings a rainbow to Estes Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A fall thunderstorm brings a rainbow to Estes Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A fall thunderstorm brings a rainbow to Estes Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Short but brilliant rainbow illuminates the Great Plains’ horizon

I have said it repeatedly and I will say it again: the plains of Colorado may be relatively flat but I will put the sights found there up against those of the higher terrain of the state any day of the week. This past Friday evening was another perfect example.

Thunderstorms passed nearby where we were camping and once past, the scene that unfolded was nothing short of extraordinary. Beautiful blue skies above with dramatic storm clouds below were punctuated by one of the brightest rainbows I have ever seen in my life. The multi-colored stream was not very tall but it was very wide and very bright.

My pictures of it truly don’t do it justice – it was nothing short of extraordinary.

A brilliant partial rainbow descends from a thunderstorm on Colorado's Great Plains.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A brilliant partial rainbow descends from a thunderstorm on Colorado’s Great Plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Rainbow lights up the mountain sky

After spending the better part of the post-dawn hours taking picture of massive wildlife yesterday, a healthy rain shower settled in at Brainard Lake.  The sky alternated between sun and cloud but when the light shone through, it created this massive rainbow over the lake and in front of Mount Audubon.  It was a gorgeous scene, one that is pretty typical in the Colorado high country.

A colorful rainbow appears before Mount Audubon in Arapaho National Forest. (© Tony’s Takes)

A colorful rainbow appears before Mount Audubon in Arapaho National Forest. (© Tony’s Takes)

Somewhere over the rainbow in Dorothy’s home state

From her farm in Kansas, Dorothy of Wizard of Oz fame sang about a far away land ‘over the #rainbow.’ She would not have had to go too far if she had come across this gorgeous display last week near Colby, Kansas.

The day offered little in the way of severe weather but following a mild thunderstorm, Mother Nature offered up one of the most brilliantly colored, largest rainbows I have ever seen. It was in fact a double rainbow, something I could only partially capture even with my very wide 10mm lens. Taken in June 10, 2015.

A gorgeous double rainbow above the farmland near Colby, Kansas. (© Tony’s Takes)

A gorgeous double rainbow above the farmland near Colby, Kansas. (© Tony’s Takes)

High altitude rainbow

Early morning yesterday brought a quick-hitting sun shower to Arapaho National Forest. The 13,229 foot high Mount Audubon (right) was slightly obscured by the rain while an extraordinarily vivid rainbow appeared in front of it. If you look closely at the top right, you can see a second, faint rainbow.

A rainbow appears near Brainard Lake and Mount Audubon in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A rainbow appears near Brainard Lake and Mount Audubon in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)