The Making of a Rainbow

It was a dark and stormy evening.  I was driving back into Illinois when suddenly everything was bathed in this weird pink light.  At first, I didn’t know what it was coming from; maybe an emergency vehicle?  I looked back and saw it was the sun.  It had peeked underneath the dark storm clouds as it was setting.

Ahead of me, I noticed this squat column of light start to appear in the sky over a clump of trees.  As I watched, it got brighter and more defined.  It stretched and curved.  The column was originally yellowish-white.  Then it swelled wider and divided itself into colors: first red and yellow and then red, yellow and a thin blue stripe.

It was like a growing thing; a sprout from a celestial seed.  The entire process took less than two minutes.

And two minutes after that, it was gone.  The sun had set.


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