"We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike." ~Maya Angelou

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Something Wonderful

Look what I chanced upon the other day while wandering aimlessly across the internet:


    Yep, that's a complete double rainbow, not a reflection off the lens of something. It's the real deal as it can only be seen from the air.  I suppose pilots have seen these many times but for those of us with our feet firmly planted on the good earth, not so much.
   
     For some reason seeing this had the effect of a light bulb going on in my brain.

     One of the loveliest things around and we have only seen the half of it, at most, all our lives. Often we only see rainbows in bits and pieces,  and those only fleetingly.  It makes one wonder how many other things/ideas/mysteries we only 'see' half of, doesn't it. Something to remember in those times when we're feeling particularly insightful, brilliant and full of ourselves: there is so much that we don't even have a clue about, connections that are still hiding in our blind spots, truths that are staring us in the face and yet we miss them, time and again.
      It's good to retain some healthy humility, after all, since there is still so very much we do not understand about so many things.

1 comment:

Kathryn said...

There is a full-circle rainbow we can see from the ground, they're just exceedingly rare. Called a circumhorizontal arc; they run parallel to the horizon. I didn't even know about them until I saw a 3/4 one about 6-7 years ago. Apparently even seeing that much of one is a rarity. You can read about them on wikipedia if you want. Here's the best image of one I found in a few minutes of looking:

http://xchem.villanova.edu/~bausch/images/erinhills/circumhorizontal_arc.jpg