No, we didn't find a pot of gold, but instead saw some gold in Nashua, NH.
This early evening view outside our apt window was quite unexpected, after a no rain day
It’s a popular myth that where a rainbow ends there's buried gold. According to one legend, Vikings living in Ireland, looted, plundered, and buried treasure throughout the countryside. When they left, some treasure remained. Leprechauns found it and knew the Vikings had stolen which was wrong, so this made leprechauns mistrust everyone, Viking or not. To make sure no humans could take away what they now considered their gold, it was reburied underground in pots all over Ireland. No reports of anyone finding a pot of gold have resulted.
Here's a few (there are many more) rainbow info gleaned from online sources:
- Double rainbows occurs when light gets reflected twice inside water droplets. When this happens, the second one appears above the main one, usually lighter and its colors are reversed (red on the inner section, violet on the outer).
- Rainbows are seen more at day's end when the sun is at a more favorable angle.
- Rainbows can appear in the evening and are called a moon bow or lunar rainbow. These are created when light reflected by the moon hits water droplets in the air.
- Rainbows can appear when there’s no rain; water droplets can be in the air from mist, waterfall overspray, a fountain or when it’s dewy outside and the sun is at the correct angle of no higher than about 42 degrees of altitude.
- No two people see the exact rainbow and your eyes each see a different one.
- Rainbows have more than the seven colors of the visible spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet; red the longest and violet the shortest. There are also up to 1 million invisible colors that human eyes don’t see.
- Rainbows form full circles. We only see arches since standing on the ground we see light reflected by raindrops above the horizon, not the rainbow’s hidden half.
A post about rainbows has to end with a couple of rainbow songs. Many folks enjoy Somewhere Over the Rainbow sung by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz (1939).
Others prefer Kermit the frog singing The Rainbow Connection included in the Muppet Movie (1979).
Whatever, your preference, both are enjoyable songs (frogs have an edge on this blog).
Enjoy Your Weekend, Everyone
Go out & enjoy the weather, even without a rainbow