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Is that a rainbow?

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...
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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  • R Niranjan Das
    5 October 2015 at 9:42 am

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

    • dNambiar
      5 October 2015 at 8:04 pm

      🙂
      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. 🙂

  • ulla laiho
    5 October 2015 at 9:57 am

    Outstandingly beautiful pictures of the color spectrum!

    • dNambiar
      5 October 2015 at 8:05 pm

      Thank you so much, Ulla. 🙂

  • Cathy Keller
    5 October 2015 at 10:44 am

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

    • dNambiar
      5 October 2015 at 8:20 pm

      Yosemite is amazing. I'm so in love with the granite giants there.
      You're so welcome, Cathy. And thank YOU. 🙂

    • dNambiar
      5 October 2015 at 8:20 pm

      btw, I might have a couple of Yosemite posts coming up, soon. 🙂

  • rupam sarma
    5 October 2015 at 11:57 am

    So beautiful

    • dNambiar
      5 October 2015 at 8:20 pm

      Thank you, Rupam.

  • Bikram
    5 October 2015 at 12:48 pm

    That definitely is a Rainbow .. lovely pics 🙂

    Bikram's

    • dNambiar
      5 October 2015 at 8:21 pm

      Thank you for the reassurance. It was a total surprise. I didn't even notice it until later — like when I was looking at the pictures. 🙂

  • jandi
    5 October 2015 at 1:57 pm

    lovely capture! have a lovely week!

    • dNambiar
      5 October 2015 at 8:22 pm

      Thank you, Jandi.
      You too. 🙂

  • Robert Nicolaescu
    5 October 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Beautiful!

    • dNambiar
      5 October 2015 at 8:22 pm

      Thank you for stopping by, Robert.
      Nice to see you here again.

  • Marie C
    5 October 2015 at 2:26 pm

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

    • dNambiar
      5 October 2015 at 8:23 pm

      Thank you so, so much, Marie.
      I just got lucky, I guess. 😉

  • Latane Barton
    5 October 2015 at 4:22 pm

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

    • dNambiar
      5 October 2015 at 8:25 pm

      It was up for a very shot time, Latane. That was a lucky shot. 🙂
      Thank for visiting, Latane.

  • aspiritofsimplicity
    5 October 2015 at 8:41 pm

    that is a spectacular capture.

    • dNambiar
      6 October 2015 at 9:24 pm

      I was only taking a pic of the waterfall and the rainbow just decided to show up in between. 🙂
      Thank you. 🙂

  • Photo Cache
    5 October 2015 at 9:42 pm
    • dNambiar
      6 October 2015 at 9:25 pm

      It sure is. I've plans to go up there more often.
      Thank you. 🙂

  • Birgitta
    6 October 2015 at 4:58 am

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

    • dNambiar
      6 October 2015 at 9:27 pm

      Thank you Birgitta.
      It was wonderful to be in Yosemite. The rainbow — I'm not sure I noticed it while I was there.

  • Prasad Np
    6 October 2015 at 7:19 am

    I think so… 🙂

    • dNambiar
      6 October 2015 at 9:29 pm

      Than you, Prasad.
      It was something I found later on and most of the many pictures I took of the Bridal Veil Falls didn't have that rainbow in them. It looks like it was there for a moment and gone the next.

    • Prasad Np
      28 October 2015 at 7:52 pm

      They are elusive…seen a moment and gone the next specially in wind or around sunset

    • dNambiar
      29 October 2015 at 2:03 am

      I believe you are right. 🙂
      I'm not satisfied. I'd like to see another rainbow at a waterfall. 😀

  • Andrea Priebe
    6 October 2015 at 4:20 pm

    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

    • dNambiar
      6 October 2015 at 9:35 pm

      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. 🙂

  • jaish_vats
    7 October 2015 at 9:03 am

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

    • dNambiar
      8 October 2015 at 3:18 pm

      Hey Jaish, long time! How have you been?
      🙂 That's right. But I guess that's what makes it more magical.

  • POTPOURRIOFMYLIFE !
    7 October 2015 at 10:20 am

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

    • dNambiar
      8 October 2015 at 3:21 pm

      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. 🙂

  • NatureFootstep
    7 October 2015 at 11:09 am

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

    • dNambiar
      8 October 2015 at 3:22 pm

      Oh yes it is, Monica.
      Who knew I'd get such an interesting pic for 'Catching Light.' 😉

  • Ramakrishnan Ramanathan
    7 October 2015 at 2:33 pm

    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.

    • dNambiar
      8 October 2015 at 3:25 pm

      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. 🙂

  • Su-sieee! Mac
    8 October 2015 at 1:17 am

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

    • dNambiar
      8 October 2015 at 3:28 pm

      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?

  • magiceye
    8 October 2015 at 2:23 am

    Yes indeed! Take a bow a rainbow!!

    • dNambiar
      8 October 2015 at 3:28 pm

      🙂
      Thank you, Magic eye.

  • Indrani
    12 October 2015 at 3:16 am

    Absolutely no doubts! It is a rainbow!

    • dNambiar
      13 October 2015 at 8:49 pm

      😉
      I wish I'd seen it while I was there.
      Thank you, Indrani.

  • Arun Prasadh
    12 October 2015 at 3:19 am

    Yes it is. Nice capture.

    • dNambiar
      13 October 2015 at 8:49 pm

      Thanks Arun. 🙂

  • Maitreni Mishra
    12 October 2015 at 6:02 am

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

    • dNambiar
      13 October 2015 at 8:50 pm

      Thank you so much, Maitreni.
      The spray was also something to watch. 🙂
      Thank YOU. 🙂

  • Amit Agarwal
    12 October 2015 at 10:26 am

    Amazingly beautiful! Awesome indeed!!

    • dNambiar
      13 October 2015 at 8:50 pm

      It is.
      Thank you for visiting, Amit. 🙂

  • Roohi Bhatnagar
    12 October 2015 at 2:00 pm

    I loved this absolutely..

    • dNambiar
      13 October 2015 at 8:51 pm

      🙂
      So glad to hear that, Roohi. 🙂

  • Sri Kri
    13 October 2015 at 5:04 am

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

    Cheers,
    Sriram & Krithiga

    • dNambiar
      13 October 2015 at 8:52 pm

      Sriram/Krithiga It is an amazing place. I'll put up a post on Yosemite and then you will have seen it virtually at least. 😉

  • Yogi Saraswat
    13 October 2015 at 5:55 am

    Beautiful !!

    • dNambiar
      13 October 2015 at 8:53 pm

      🙂

      Thank you, Yogi.

  • Rajesh
    13 October 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Beautiful captures. Nice place to get a rainbow.

    • dNambiar
      13 October 2015 at 8:53 pm

      Thank a whole ton, Rajesh.
      Yeah, thanks to the spray. 🙂

  • Leena Walawalkar
    14 October 2015 at 8:09 am

    Wow..beautiful!

    • dNambiar
      29 October 2015 at 1:59 am

      🙂

  • Mridula
    14 October 2015 at 10:46 am

    And you clicked it too in that instance.

    • dNambiar
      17 October 2015 at 3:13 am

      Sheer luck, Mridula. 😉

  • Anandan Iyer
    30 October 2015 at 8:30 am

    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.

    • dNambiar
      13 July 2016 at 8:53 pm

      That is so nice to hear.
      Thank you so, so much. 🙂

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