Photographer's Note

The title lies, I'm afraid. I shot this just before the Approaching Storm shot a few days ago.

When it comes to rainbows, I'm a bit hopeless. Since I'm slightly colorblind (my wife would say MORE than slightly!), I just can't see all of the colors. Here, I can detect red, then orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and there seems to be one other color, but all I see is a tone stripe. So this rainbow is unusual--or just way oversaturated!

Again we have the farmland of my homeland: Cache Valley, Utah. It's elevation is about 4700 ft. (1500 metres?) above sea level, so we have cold, cold winters here in the mountains. But summers are always pleasant, and even if it gets very hot during the day, it always seems to cool down at night.

Near this particular site, several major events happened.

Earliest: the 1824 Rendezvous took place here. This was a gathering of fur trappers (so called "Mountain Men") and native americans. Trading, drinking, gaming, storytelling and other activities took place, and we have been assured by participants that a grand time was had by all.

Another major event was the killing of Old Slewfoot, a giant grizzly bear, purported by some to be the mother of Old Ephraim, the legendary bear whose skull resides in the Smithsonian Institution and is the largest grizzly bear ever recorded. While Slewfoot killed people, Old Ephraim did not, but they wanted him dead anyway. The killing of Old Slewfoot is a gruesome tale, with human heads rolling around and blood and snow and humankind's ultimate triumph over nature. I'll let you imagine it for now.

More recently, though you can't see from here, houses are being built in subdivisions all over the place. Just beyond those trees--and masked by them--is a small street with several houses being built. While everyone here agrees that this is a lovelier sight, our open spaces are disappearing very quickly, and many people are trying to preserve these views.

The polarizer really helped here, and most work in Photoshop entailed boosting the rainbow's colors while trying to keep the rest of the landscape "normal" looking. I find rainbows to be difficult subjects. My camera never captures the rich colors I see (despite my wife's suggestions!--I see rich colors, but usually not all of them).

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Additional Photos by David Sidwell (dsidwell) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2294 W: 168 N: 1911] (9783)
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