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Rainbow of the Earth

We tend to go through life with confident steps believing that we understand how it all works, until the day when we catch a glimpse of something unexpected, when we realize that some of our certainties are actually illusions. On this stormy morning I watched as the sun broke through a crack in the clouds lighting a sandstone bluff with its intense orange light. Normally this is the time when one sees rainbows in the sky but today I found one on the side of the hill. This rainbow had either lost its way or decided to have a more permanent presence, not merely as an ethereal effect in the sky, but as something unexpectedly substantial on earth. Photo © copyright by Erik Stensland.