Sunday, February 13, 2011

Daily Rainbow

I could probably post a daily picture of a Hawaiian rainbow, and each would be prettier than the last. It rains here nearly every day, thanks to the steep mountains that wring fresh water out of the wispy clouds that wreath the highlands while the rest of the island is in sunshine.

When I got married in Hawaii, I was told that it's a good omen if it rains on on your wedding day and, as it's very likely that it will, most brides can be confident of a blessing. The rain here is warm and the water is all that sustains the lush life that flourishes here; situated thousands of miles out in the ocean, these islands would be deserts instead of lush gardens but for the rain.

Because rainbows are a daily feature of life here, one can quickly become a connoisseur of these evanescent arcs of color. Double rainbows are also fairly common, like this one, even though it didn't photograph well.

Rainbows are joyous things, aren't they? But, what about these Islands isn't, come to think of it?



Blogger Greg said...

Evanescent arcs of color? Now you have me looking up words!:)

Sunday, February 13, 2011  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

We called that daily rain pineapple juice. If it rained on the beach we were at, we just went to a different one. Sigh. Paradise.

Sunday, February 13, 2011  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Greg, oh, I think you're joshing me - you knew that one all along!

Cookiecrumb, yes, or just wait for the shower to pass. It does in a few minutes. In fact, that's how we can tell the tourists from the locals. The locals just sit tight on the beach and enjoy the cooling shower; the malihinis head for their cars. Liquid sunshine is what we call it.

Sunday, February 13, 2011  
Blogger katiez said...

Love rainbows; love Hawaii; would love some of that warmth.
But - my b-i-l lives on the Kona side of the big Island - and they rarely get rain.... have had drought for the past many years.... Something to do with the volcano...

Monday, February 14, 2011  
Blogger Zoomie said...

KatieZ, we have had a couple of days of vog while we've been here - I gather the volcano is really active now. We love the Big Island, too.

Monday, February 14, 2011  

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