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.
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.