Last Night From My Garden: A Fire Rainbow ~ Or Is It?


There’s clearly something in the air over Wenlock Edge. Last night as we were sitting on the garden bench watching the sun go down – with our glass of wine and pot of olives – there it was. A rainbow. And it had absolutely nothing to do with rain. Most of the day had been hot and fine.

Fire rainbows are rare and technically called circumhorizontal arcs, and thus they are HORIZONTAL. i.e. More like this one, faintly seen, a little later and slightly north of the first iridescent cloud.


But if this isn’t a ‘fire rainbow’, but part of an ordinary rainbow, then the colours are the back to front, more as if this is part of a double rainbow, but with only the reflection visible. Curiouser and curiouser, but a wonder to see over one’s garden fence. Perhaps it is a Wenlock Edge phenomenon, the angle of the setting sun in relation to the cloud above it.  Anyway, this is what was going on in the rest of the sky over the bean field. Someone has clearly been sky painting.

Happy Monday everyone.


37 thoughts on “Last Night From My Garden: A Fire Rainbow ~ Or Is It?

    1. Haha, like, “you’re going to have an earthquake.” 😉

      In all seriousness, I doubt this is an earthquake light (which can look like rainbows), but the UK has small earthquakes nearly every day.. A magnitude 4.2 occurred in Kent this past week, but the UK has also had some whoppers in the past. According to recent research, the UK (London especially) is at risk for a major earthquake.

      Love the picture, Tish. What a treat along with your wine and olives.

      1. Well thank you for that good news, Victoria 🙂 Actually, though, it does make one wonder what will go on when all the fracking starts as well.

      2. LOL — I’m just chocked full of good news. However, you’re right. They are playing with fire. Fracking states here in America are finally figuring this out. According to Oklahoma government, the current rate of earthquakes in that state is approximately 600 times historical averages.

        Anyway, sorry for the OT. I couldn’t help but feed off of Noel’s comment. 😀

    1. We are very lucky with the view, though it’s one we may have to fight to hang on to in the not too distant future. We’re making the most of the sights in the meantime. Glad you enjoyed the post, Nadine.

      1. It’ll be a shame if that view is marred by construction. We’re having that kind of issue here with our natural resources. I feel for Mother Earth. Continue to enjoy it while you have it.

  1. There are some wonderful things tobeseen in the skies at present. Thanks for your images and thoughts in this post. I enjoyed it a lot.

    1. Now that is a really interesting idea when you think about it. Alien forces materializing in cloud spectra. So perhaps it was a visitation, Ark. Perhaps it was.

    1. That’s a very lovely way to put it, Meg. I saw another ‘rainbow’ last night, slightly different, and very fleeting. I think I caught it on camera. I also have some pyramidal orchids for you (from a walk earlier in the day). The summer flowers are just getting into gear on Windmill Hill, so I need to do another post soon.

  2. I think I would like to sit on your bench with a glass of wine Tish and contemplate the glorious phenomenon of that rainbow. I also loved those foxgloves. A few years ago I tried growing them here in the tropical temperatures. I nurtured them and watched them daily till they did finally flower, I was so proud of them. Then next day they just simply wilted… 😦

    1. That’s a shame about the foxgloves. Mine just grow themselves, although I do sometimes move the seedling plants around the place. I like gardening that does itself. We had masses of aquilegias earlier that do the same thing, even growing in cracks between the flagstones by the back door. And yes, you would be very welcome on my bench, Pauline.

      1. Oh how I envy you all those delightful cottage garden plants, Granny Bonnets grew like weeds in my New Zealand garden. But I have to go with the flow and for stress free gardening stick with all the glorious plants that love this hot humid climate and there are plenty of them. But I guess it is human nature to crave for what we cannot have…

  3. The rainbow halo was all around the almost full moon last night too – looked quite surreal, but I have seen it before. Not sure what causes it though. Quite beautiful and clever you for photographing it 🙂

  4. Whoever painted the sky he was counting on you to capture it. This is pure magic, Tish. Your photo documentary of Wenlock Edge is much more than pure documentary – it’s an ode to your home.

    1. I SO like that, Paula – an ode to my home. Thank you. I’ve been starting to see the sky at the back of our house as a giant canvass of ever changing scenes. It certainly has been very amazing lately, quite apart from the iridescent cloud phenomena.

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