Pot of Gold… Anyone?

Posted by: Aamir

Sep 19th, 2006 • Category: Eye CandyTags: ,

A room with a view…
How often does this come true?

It did, for us. We were in Waikiki, staying at the Hawaii Prince Hotel; lucky enough to get a room on the 8th floor with a view of the ocean. I woke up to a lovely morning, warm and sunny; a perfect day for the beach. Very soon, all my hopes were dashed by the rain which caught me by surprise. There goes my perfect day, i thought to myself and started sulking. I had been warned of these spells of rain which could dampen spirits and everything around.

But what i saw after five minutes made me go wide-eye and drop-jaw. The sun creeped out of the clouds slowly to unveil the most brilliant rainbow i had ever seen this close. The rain had stopped, making me wonder if the only reason for its existence was to let the sun paint this exotic rainbow. One end of this rainbow was on a boat docked in the marina, so is that where my pot of gold would have been?

“Somewhere over the rainbow,
skies are blue,
and the dreams that you dare to dream,
really do come true”

For the scientific minds, a rainbow is an optical phenomenon that causes a continuous spectrum of light to appear in the sky when the sun’s light passes through droplets of moisture in the Earth’s atmosphere. Due to refraction inside the water droplet, the white light is broken down into the seven dominant colors that form the rainbow. It takes the form of a multi-colored arc, with red on the outside and violet on the inside.

I zoomed out and what do i see? A second rainbow, but not as bright as the first one. Look carefully around the outer rim of the brighter rainbow. A double or secondary rainbow is a second, fainter, arc seen outside the primary bow. Secondary rainbows are caused by a double reflection of sunlight inside the raindrops, and as a result, the colors of a secondary rainbow are inverted compared to the primary bow, with blue on the outside and red on the inside.

“Don’t miss all the beautiful colors of the rainbow
looking for that pot of gold.”

The rainbow effect can be observed whenever there are water drops in the air and sunlight shining from behind the observer at a low altitude or angle. The rainbow effect is also commonly seen near waterfalls or fountains. Rainbow fringes can sometimes be seen at the edges of backlit clouds and as vertical bands in distant rain. The effect can also be artificially created by dispersing water droplets into the air during a sunny day.

In my dream
I went to the end of the rainbow
and the treasure i found there
was you.

A rainbow does not actually exist at a location in the sky, but rather is an optical phenomenon whose apparent position depends on the observer’s location. All raindrops refract and reflect the sunlight in the same way, but only the light from some raindrops reaches the observer’s eye. These raindrops are perceived to constitute the rainbow by that observer. The position of a rainbow in the sky is always in the opposite direction of the Sun with respect to the observer, and the interior is always slightly brighter than the exterior.

Observe this picture carefully. This was taken 5 minutes after i took the first one. The sun came out from behind the clouds and the end of the rainbow moved farther away, this time to the center of the ocean.

Do you believe there is a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow?

If I could catch a rainbow
I would do it just for you
and share with you its beauty
On the days you’re feeling blue

We got tired of seeing rainbows so often in Hawaii. Rains on the leeward side of the island last only for 5-10 minutes and produce beautiful rainbows which too unfortunately last only 5-10 mins. I will explain the rain patterns of Hawaii in a different post.

P.S: To the person who was in the pool when i was taking these pictures: I did not get a chance to get your email address, but if you are still interested in the rainbow pictures, feel free to download them from here 🙂

Air hugs and air kisses to everyone. Have a colorful week y’all 🙂

Last night I dreamt a rainbow,
I ran towards it like a child.
I paced and raced in it’s direction,
Oh, how long and hard I tried.

I fought every living foe,
just to reach my colourful crescent.
When I’d defeated every enemy,
my goal was twice as distant.

I slumped down against an oak tree,
and held my face within my hands.
Then like a flash as bright as the rainbow,
I thought up a masterplan.

Standing up from the tree stump,
without a whimper or a groan,
I let a tear fall from my eyes
and made a rainbow of my own

My Rainbow


Posted by: Aamir

Sep 19th, 2006 • Category: Eye CandyTags: ,
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  1. Gangadhar
    September 19th, 2006 at 10:26:


    Me first?

  2. Gangadhar
    September 19th, 2006 at 10:30:


    yeah..me second too..
    those’re beautiful rainbow pics,Ari..
    8th floor with a view of the ocean.. wow..
    i can visualise how it would be..so beautiful!!
    Well whatever be the scientific reason,we’re so thankful to God for allowing us to view such a fantastic rainbow things..

    hava great week to u too..

  3. samuru999
    September 19th, 2006 at 13:09:


    How very beautiful!
    Thank you for sharing those gorgeous rainbows!
    Now, I just know my whole day is going to be a rainbow kind of day!
    Here is a poem for you Ari!


    A pot of gold you’re
    sure to find
    if to the rainbow’s
    end you go-

    The man who has a
    pot of gold
    can’t always find
    a rainbow

    -Margie (but, you sure can find that rainbow Ari)
    P.S Have a wonderful day!

  4. priya
    September 19th, 2006 at 13:42:


    Ari: Nice post of rainbows. I love rainbow colors and always jump out to see the sky when I see it. I enjoyed the last picture coz the reflection in water (blue) looks awesome.
    Thanks for sharing…
    U 2 have gr8 wkend’

  5. Pranay
    September 19th, 2006 at 14:03:


    Dude..this really is a fantabulous blog…loved the rainbow photographs and also the sting rays…u took them urself?

  6. Reflex
    September 19th, 2006 at 15:06:


    The pot of gold is underwater :0 You have to dive to get it.

    Excellent shots.

  7. Kimberley
    September 19th, 2006 at 23:39:


    OK there are two things…One I know that your not going to believe this but there was a marvelous rainbow, one of the biggest and brightes Ive ever see today! I was so furious at myself I did not have my camera and normally it is with me all of the time! And then I see this…smile… Beautiful I must add but I am so envious! Secondly could you please share with me how to “bloggroll”??..

  8. Keshi
    September 20th, 2006 at 03:48:


    omg wut a beauty! I love rainbows and to capture it like that is AMAZING Ari!


  9. Chad Oneil
    September 20th, 2006 at 04:20:


    Awesome! “After the flood all the colors came out”

  10. Manuel Tendero Gil
    September 20th, 2006 at 08:09:


    hola unas fotos preciosas muy buena un saludo

  11. bellur
    September 20th, 2006 at 10:10:


    those pics are so beautiful and clear that i felt i was seeing one myself from the 8th floor!
    excellent pics, ari. cheers!

    – rk

  12. Aamir
    September 20th, 2006 at 03:32:


    You are funny G. Congrats on being the first and the second

  13. photo-effe
    September 20th, 2006 at 16:39:


    rainbow in all ways

    great shots

  14. dumbdodi
    September 21st, 2006 at 10:56:


    Hey Ari
    Great pics, while we were driving to scotland we too saw a beautiful rainbow, it was as if it was welcoming us. Well it welcomed us to a weekend of heavy rain..hehehehe
    Great poem too Ari 🙂

  15. Suji
    September 21st, 2006 at 13:04:


    Fantastic pictures! What a view….lucky you.

    My favourite rainbow song:
    Maine tere liye hi saath rang ke sapne chune….sapne surile sapne…..

  16. starry nights
    September 21st, 2006 at 15:45:


    Beautiful post on rainbows. what an awesome pic. I think believing that ther is a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow makes life more meaningful and gives you the strength to go on. I love these lines

    “In my dream
    I went to the end of the rainbow
    and the treasure i found there
    was you”.

  17. Rauf
    September 21st, 2006 at 19:54:


    Just beautiful Aamir, I have never been lucky with rainbows. People like Galileo would have tried to trap it in the past, poor chaps never had a camera.
    great view Aamir, but not good for metalic things. and not good for lenses.

  18. Anonymous
    September 22nd, 2006 at 02:51:


    My Oh My .. what a great capture .. many just see a rainbow from the center .. u actually saw the edge .. pot of gold? i think we have seen gold already .. the picture .. awesome capture.

  19. Anonymous
    September 22nd, 2006 at 02:52:


    its actually a double rainbow.

  20. samuru999
    September 22nd, 2006 at 14:45:


    Just stopping by
    to say “Hi!”
    hope you have a great day
    in every way!


  21. Jon Cox
    September 24th, 2006 at 04:33:



  22. Lord Boo
    September 25th, 2006 at 14:39:


    Loved the pic of the two rainbows together, over the dockyard ! so so surreal and beautiful ! would love to go there sometime ! *hugs*

  23. danne
    September 25th, 2006 at 22:52:



  24. Sugarlips
    September 26th, 2006 at 00:42:


    Jesus Christ…This is freakishly beautiful…So Ethereal 🙂

    Stay Beautiful..!!

  25. Corinne
    October 3rd, 2006 at 06:52:


    I think good luck is going to be on your side from now on! I love the last shot where it looks like the rainbow is surging from the water.


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