Wednesday, January 20, 2010

So Much for Sunny California

So far my trip to California has been all wet...really wet. It has rained every day that I've been here and looks to continue raining for the next two days. Granted, I'm not in Southern California, but that wouldn't make any difference. It's pretty much raining all over the state. Storm drains are flooded, waterfalls can be seen dropping from buildings and rushing rivers run in the streets next to the sidewalks. Did I mention it's raining?

On the bright side (and there is one) it's warmer than back home in Ohio (by at least twenty degrees) and I'm on vacation (which is always a bright side.) Now, for the real bright side of the rain...the rainbows. It rains a lot back home, so heavy rain and thunderstorms are nothing I'm not used to; however, seeing a rainbow is not that common. I've seen two in the past two days!

The first rainbow I saw was in San Francisco while driving down Lombard Street (the "crookedest" street in the city/state/world.) I looked up and there was a rainbow arching over Coit Tower.

Unfortunately, I didn't have my telephoto lens on my camera, but I was able to capture the rainbow. The picture looks fantastic when you see it full size...you can really see the rainbow.

Today, while driving on El Camino Real in San Mateo I saw my second rainbow in two days! I was able to capture the rainbow with my iPhone. The photo doesn't do the rainbow justice, nor does it capture the beauty and scope of the rainbow.

This rainbow was unusual, although you can't really tell from my photo. This rainbow was a full arc from the Belmont hills on the left to the San Francisco Bay on the right. I could see the rainbow starting on one side and ending over on the other side. The closer I got to the rainbow, you could see a beautiful pink glow on the left where the rainbow started. Like I said, my photo doesn't do it justice, but it does at least capture this unusual phenomenon.

So, while my vacation has been dampened by rain, it has been brightened by the rainbows. And, maybe if I'm really lucky, I'll find a pot of gold...after all, California is the "Golden State."