Is that a rainbow?

Waterfall Rainbow -- Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite

Over the weekend, we visited Yosemite National Park in California. While we were there, we walked up the 0.5 mile trail to see the Bridal Veil Falls, one of the POIs of this National Park.

At this time of the year, the falls in Yosemite are not known to be at their best. Yet, I believe were were lucky enough to see some water at the Bridal Veil Falls, considering the severe drought that CA is facing.

Bridal Veil Falls falls from a tall granite face, down towards Yosemite Valley. Every time a gust of wind blew that way the water sprayed down creating quite a sight at the top of the falls. During one of those gusty incidents, the light from the sun seems to have split into the famous 7 colours, thanks to the air that was heavy with moisture from the Bridal Veil Falls.

Waterfall Rainbow  - Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite

PS: I didn’t notice the rainbow while I was there. Neither did the other visitors who were at Bridal Veil Falls at that time. And since I do not see the rainbow in any of the other pictures I took, I believe it came and went in the blink of an eye, literally!

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  1. Yes yes, it is 🙂
    Falls, sun and a rainbow. Can't get any better. Lovely, Nambiare!

    • 🙂
      What's funny is that I took several pics of the fall and saw the bow in just one shot. Looks like it was up there for an incredibly short time.
      Thanks a ton, Nomad. 🙂

  2. Outstandingly beautiful pictures of the color spectrum!

  3. Wonderful. I've only been to Yosemite once and I will not forget the beauty! Thank you for the memories! Have a wonderful week!

  4. That definitely is a Rainbow .. lovely pics 🙂


  5. lovely capture! have a lovely week!

  6. Very nice capture of light at the falls with the sunbeam and the rainbow!

  7. I do believe that is a rainbow. Great that you managed to get a shot of it.

  8. that is a spectacular capture.

  9. Yosemite is beautiful any season. Nice capture.

    Worth a Thousand Words

  10. What a great picture and it must to be wonderful to be there.

  11. I can't think of anything else you could call it … a rainbow it is. Thanks for letting me know about the link issue … I think I have taken care of it. You are so lucky to go to Yosemite and I am grateful to see water in the falls as well.
    Beautiful capture … right time, right placke 🙂

    Andrea @ From The Sol

    • Thank you Andrea. Nobody noticed the rainbow really. And there was a crowd watching the water fall. I guess it was there for a really, really short while because my other pictures show no signs of a rainbow. Lucky catch, I say. 🙂

      You're so welcome. We've all made those mistakes with links. 😉 Btw, your moon images are fabulous!!

      Yosemite is so wow!!
      Thank you. 🙂

  12. Lovely…. We get to see rainbows more in nursery rhymes than in real! 🙂

  13. I always wanted to visit this place….SOMEDAY hopefully! Ur so lucky 🙂

    • You'll be vowed by the rocky landscape here. I have a post on Yosemite coming up. Maybe that will be a sneak peek at this national park. 😉
      Lemme know when you come this side. We don't live too far away from this place. And we just might know each other 😉
      Hey Vineetha, Welcome here. 🙂

  14. a great place for photography and, sure, you got rainbows 🙂

  15. Hi Divya.Everyone calls it a rainbow so it must be one. Beautifully captured. Rainbow effect is created by the refraction of light by water molecules. So your guess is right.

    • Haha! yeah. 🙂
      Thank you so much, Ram.
      I actually didn't notice it while I was there, neither did the people who were at the falls, at the same time. I believe it just appeared and disappeared really fast. When I saw the pic, I figured it was a rainbow after all because of all the spray from the Falls.

      Thank you so much. 🙂

  16. Delightful! The Sierras must've got a lot of rain from last week's storm. Good to know.
    Take 25 to Hollister

    • We were there the day before the rains, Susie. So there wasn't a lot of water at the waterfall. But because of the wind, the spray was great to watch.

      Has Hollister got some rains, yet?

  17. Yes indeed! Take a bow a rainbow!!

  18. Absolutely no doubts! It is a rainbow!

  19. Brilliant captures dear… A sunny rainbow vision how profoundly breathtaking! Thanks for sharing, indeed a treat to eyes. <3

  20. Amazingly beautiful! Awesome indeed!!

  21. Yes it is a rainbow.We didn't get time to visit Yosemite National Park.Lovely.<3<3<3

    Sriram & Krithiga

  22. Beautiful captures. Nice place to get a rainbow.

  23. And you clicked it too in that instance.

  24. Wonderful! The beautiful sight of the rainbows at Yosemite reminds me of my trip to this place with my friends. Lovely capture. Thanks for sharing this post. After reading the beautiful description I feel like visiting this place again at the earliest.

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