A Light Event … Aurora, Ontario

Seems appropriate that there would be a light event over a town called Aurora.

I was visiting friends one late afternoon last summer and stepped out of the front door to leave when I was greeted by this arc of a double rainbow. Nothing crazy special, I suppose. Double rainbows aren’t particularly rare. Nevertheless, I dove for my camera and started clicking away.

While doing this, however, I became aware of an unusually warm glow of light in the sky that seemed to come from behind me. It reflected and almost shimmered like a patina of gold off of the nearby foliage. Curious, I walked across the street to find out what was happening. I turned around and saw this … … the most explosive display of light in the sky I’ve ever seen — a ball of golden fire so vibrant; its energy so alive.

I allowed myself to be embraced by this light for several minutes, its radiance awe inspiring, almost cleansing. It was one of those moments when it feels really good to be alive.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again … remember to look up …

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Over the Rainbow … American Falls, New York State

Last weekend we took a day trip to Niagara Falls. It’s just a two-hour drive from home but we rarely go, except when visitors are in town. Well, we had visitors from Australia staying with us so we took the opportunity to show them this natural wonder of the world.

The weather was perfect, with clear blue skies and above average temperatures. However, the unfettered sunlight made conditions very bright and difficult for taking images with good contrast.

Having said that, I was able to capture this colourful rainbow hovering over the NIagara River, in front of the American Falls (from this angle) and adjacent to the heavy mists of the thundering and majestic Horseshoe Falls.

NIagara Falls lies on the international border between southern Ontario in Canada and New York state in the U.S. Its more than 165ft vertical drop and flow rate make it the most powerful waterfall in the world. Little wonder it attracts millions of visitors every year.

What was really fun was seeing where the rainbow ended. I don’t know that there was a pot of gold there, but if you look to the left there appears to be the outline of a giant shamrock. Given that this was St. Patrick’s Day weekend it seemed appropriate.

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