Photographer's Note

Arco-da-velha is one of the several names of the rainbow in Portuguese; the most usual is arco-íris. Arco-da-velha is short for Arco da Velha Aliança ("arc of the old alliance") and refers to the ancient covenant established by God after Noah's Flood. According to the Genesis, the rainbow is a sign of God's promise that the Earth would never be flooded again.
Nevertheless, in Portugal, like other countries, there are other old pagan beliefs, namely the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The pot would be guarded by an old woman (velha) or witch. So, the arco-da-velha would be the "arc of the old woman" or "arc of the witch".
In my childhood in Portugal during the occurrences of rain and sunshine together, what very often generates rainbows, we used to say a chover e a fazer sol, e as bruxas a comerem pão mole; that means "while there is rain an sunshine, the witches are eating fresh bread". So, there was a relation between the rainbow conditions and witchcraft.
This picture, in Amora, is dedicated to our friend Maria do Carmo Vieira (Docarmo), who loves Rainbows (her theme) and also linguistic issues.
Location of Amora in WikiMapia: 38.6283037, -9.1188884.

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