Fire Rainbow

Isn’t this photo amazing!

On June 3, 2006, these clouds hung for about an hour across a several-hundred mile area of sky above northern Idaho (near the Washington border).

I'd never heard of fire rainbows before receiving an email this week that included the above photo. So, I did a little research...

Fire rainbows are the rarest of all occurring atmospheric phenomenon. They appear when the sun is higher than 58 degrees above the horizon and light passes through high altitude cirrus clouds made up of hexagonal plate crystals.

Sunlight enters the crystal’s vertical side faces and leaves through the bottom faces refracted, as it would through a prism. The light is separated into a rainbow of color.

An awesome display appears in the sky!

I believe God uses creation to share His glory and greatness.

I believe nature’s beauty is given out of love and is a reminder that God is always with us.

I believe the strength of an ocean wave, the wind of a thunderstorm, and a blizzard leaving people housebound, remind us that we don’t have to worry about being in control—because He is.

It’s easy to get distracted and miss God revealing Himself at every turn.

How often do you push through our day without thinking for a nanosecond about what’s around you?

The next time you start to feel down, discouraged, or hopeless...


And remember the fire rainbow…



  1. Anonymous10:30 AM

    That picture is amazing!

  2. Dawn, this is such a great shot! The other day, my family and I were driving west on I-90 over the mountains toward Seattle and viola! A fire rainbow up in the clouds!! It was spectacular! And since you had shared this photo, I knew what to call it. What a gift!

    :) Annette

  3. That's awesome, Annette! I've never seen one myself, but I sure would like to. :)


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