Simple Sunday – Carter’s Sun Rainbow

A week or two ago Carter called me outside to look at a sun rainbow.  I grabbed the camera and took this shot. Yesterday a friend of mine posted this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on Facebook and it struck a chord with me. I have been grumpy about canceling our road trip to warmer places and tired of feeling stuck inside with sick kids while watching the rain fall outside my window. Emerson’s quote made me immediately think of Carter’s sun rainbow picture. The two seemed perfect for each other.

Carter's Rainbow and Emerson Quote

While putting this together I looked up sun rainbows just for the heck of it and learned about sun halos, a much more scientific sounding name than sun rainbows, I suppose.  Apparently you need high altitude cirrus clouds which are made mostly of ice crystals.  These ice crystals refract the sunlight like a prism would, causing a rainbow around the sun.  Interesting and pretty.

Although I think I prefer Carter’s name for this event than that of the scientific community’s.

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I am an elementary school teacher, a former microbiologist, a mom to a herd of two boys, and a grilled cheese sandwich and beer connoisseur.
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22 Responses to Simple Sunday – Carter’s Sun Rainbow

  1. Hetterbell says:

    Lovely photo. I prefer Carter’s name, too. 🙂 This is very inspirational, and I have to admit it made me think twice about some of my recent grumpiness! 😀

    • shoes says:

      The quote made me stop and think about my grumpiness. It is alright to be grumpy but holding on to it is not helping anyone.

      I thought Carter was crazy when he called me out to see a rainbow on such a sunny day. I should have known better. Carter knows what he is talking about.

  2. I have that quote written on a card next to my bed to read every night before I go to sleep. I find it wise and comforting and it gives me hope.

  3. It’s cool that the picture and quote helped you cheer you up.I like the quote as well – it really is a good quality to be able to turn the page and move on.

    • shoes says:

      Holding on to negativity in whatever form can’t be healthy. I spent way too much time dwelling on the loss of this fun trip we had all planned and packed for. Once I let go of my grumpy feelings (and got the bags unpacked) I was free to enjoy the rest of the weekend.

      • Don’t be so hard on yourself. Of couse you dwelled on the loss of the trip. You were really looking forward and put alot of thought into it. Who wouldn’t have been bummed if it didn’t work out? I think you are doing a good job moving forward.

  4. Great quote – I need to type that out and keep it with me.

  5. jensine says:

    I think sun-rainbow is much nicer and by the way the quote made me think of my post “sleep-do-over” … who knew Emerson agreed with me!

  6. Very happy and encouraging…thanks. 🙂

  7. Nancy says:

    Beautiful. Love the shot and the quote. And I really like Carter’s name for the halo.

  8. Mary Ann says:

    What a great idea. I like how you combined these two events. Plus, I bet it helped you get through the disappointment of not being able to go on your trip. I love Emerson’s quote, and could definitely use that to get me through some days.

  9. Jodi Stone says:

    It’s beautiful, I can’t believe you took that picture!!

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