As we drove through the desert in Colorado’s Delta County, a double rainbow overtook the sky. We were compelled to pull the car over and capture one of nature’s greatest marvels.
Delving into the history of the double rainbow, it is said in Chinese culture that a primary rainbow illustrates a human descending from the heavens, red symbolic of the feet, violet representing the head, and the middle colors indicative of other body parts. Because the secondary arc of a double rainbow has reversed colors, the human figure ascends from earth to heaven. Because of its rarity, seeing a double rainbow is considered to be a blessing and great reason for reflection and meditation.
Rainbows are formed when sunlight passes through raindrops. Because the light bends entering the drop and then again as it leaves the front of the drop, it forms a curvature. The bending is what separates the colors, but you can only see the rainbow if the sun is behind you.
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