|Multibows at Niagara
Niagara's falls are famed for their bows from sunlight playing on the mist and spray. These, perhaps unique, shots by Michiel de Boer show quite another aspect – multiple rainbow segments at night. Each has an inner primary and an outer reversed colour secondary.
All is not what instinct tells us – Read on!
|The American Falls in the picture are lit by powerful floodlights blasting across the Niagara River from the Canadian side.
“I was walking down by the falls [on the Canadian side]. That night the wind blew the mist from the Canadian Falls - to the right and not in the picture - in front of the floodlights lighting the American Falls. As I walked by I suddenly saw a beautiful rainbow in the black air.
Because the floodlights are in a row, multiple unaligned rainbow fragments appeared. Nobody seemed to care too much but I was rather amazed.”
Instinct tells us that the light beams are radiating outwards from a point near the base of the US Falls. In that case the bows would be the much sought 3rd and 4th order rainbows! Not so.