picture of rainbowRainbows

Super cheesy topic folks. I want to preface the following remarks with the explanation that I was, indeed, a child who believed in fairies, unicorns, spirits and menehunes. Not Santa though—we didn’t do Santa. But we loved rainbows in our family, and surrounded ourselves with crystals, the better to see more of them. I leave you to draw your own conclusion about what kind of family we were, but let’s just say health food and natural fibers figured largely in the lifestyle.

Rainbows are rich on so many levels. After disillusionment set in with the aforementioned piskies, etc, I continued to find rainbows uplifting and a great metaphor. But I never knew rainbows could be so varied and truly amazing until I moved to Maui. I’ve become something of a rainbow connoisseur and like to keep a daily ‘rainbow count.’

Maui’s topography is what has created this phenomenon. The island has a prevailing wind direction from the north that brings rain, and a great open sloping plain between two volcanic ranges. Clouds blow in from the north, collect on one side of the mountains, and rain falls, but only on one side. We call it the ‘rain line.’ It blows in the aforementioned strong wind and the opposite sides of the dormant volcanic mountains are sunny. Ergo, a plethora of bizarre and spectacular rainbows.

I have come up with some new types as a result:

  1. The Triple: hardly ever glimpsed before Maui, the Triple is a fairly common sight, with three luridly bright rainbows to its span. I am still looking for that leprechaun with his pot of gold at the end of—oh yeah. I don’t believe in that stuff anymore.
  1. The Curtain: a unique configuration where a low lying cloud, with rain emerging, is glimpsed from the right direction, and the entire rainy area turns into top to bottom rainbow. I hear the Aurora Borealis is kinda like this, but I’ve never seen that. The Curtain is a truly amazing sight and I’ve seen about 18 of them.
  1. The Spot: occasionally a cloud will spit some rain, usually pretty high up Haleakala, and a perfectly round Spot rainbow will form. Spots are even more unusual than Curtains.
  1. The Moon: yeah, these pale nighttime beauties really do exist. They have all the ROYGBV colors too, only paler.

Almost universally across the globe, rainbows are a sign of good luck, foretell good fortune, and in the Bible were the sign of a promise from God. We may not have leprechauns, but I’ll take rainbows any day.

Join My Email Book List

Receive not one but two welcome gift ebooks! For crime thriller and mystery lovers, you can download book 2 in the award winning Lei Crime series FREE.
If you love romance, join my romance list and receive book one in the Somewhere Series, Somewhere on St. Thomas. Join now and stay up to date on sales, new releases, freebies, and giveaways!

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Sign up for my romance newsletter and I'll send you a link to download Somewhere on St. Thomas as a FREE welcome gift!

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Sign up for my newsletter and I'll send you a link to download Torch Ginger as a FREE welcome gift

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Author Coaching

Join Toby's author coaching newsletter for tips and news for your writing journey!

You have Successfully Subscribed!