20 Stunning Rainbow Photos That Will Brighten Your Day
Whether taken in a national park or their own backyards, these amazing pictures from readers are sure to inspire you.
How to snap your own perfect rainbow pic
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Is there anything more naturally beautiful than a rainbow?! Just looking at a rainbow, or even a gorgeous photo of one, can have an instant calming effect. Of course, rainbows are fleeting, and that’s part of what makes them so beautiful. But if you manage to snap a picture of one, you can immortalize that beauty! Our sister magazine, Farm & Ranch Living, offers some advice for how to take a perfect rainbow photo: “Late afternoon showers can lead to dramatic skyscapes, including rainbows! Shoot with the sun at your back or side. Be patient and ready for the colors to intensify as the conditions change.”
This particular photo was taken by Grace Westerman of Sauk Centre, Minnesota, and appeared in the December/January 2017 issue of Farm & Ranch Living. Check out some more truly stunning rainbow photos submitted by readers of our sister brands—and check out these other calming pictures we all need right now.
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“This brilliant double rainbow appeared over our three-acre property after a spring storm. I have photographed storms for more than 30 years now, but this is by far the most intense rainbow I have seen. We counted three or four layers of violet and purple.” –James Doughty, Hot Springs, AK, Country February/March 2017. Rainbows are pretty incredible, just like the most colorful natural features on Earth.
Good as gold
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“Fall is a great time to visit Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park. Moody weather often leads to spectacular photographs like this one.” –Erica Harvey, Rapid City, SD, Country June/July 2016. We can totally see why this photo was the winner of Country Magazine‘s “National Park Photo” competition. Here are some more photos of America’s national parks that need to be seen to be believed.
After the storm
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“After a big rainstorm, we saw this rainbow.” –Lou Ann Rugg, Mill Run, PA, Country
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“A storm rolled in and out quickly one summer day. I thought a rainbow was a huge possibility and ran in to grab my camera.” –Deanna Tomkins, Birds & Blooms. Get ready to marvel at these 50 gorgeous photos of the world’s most beautiful countries.
When Devil’s Punchbowl is heavenly
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“Photographing Devil’s Punchbowl on the Oregon coast is a favorite pastime. Suddenly one sunny day, a beautiful rainbow appeared in the mist, illuminating the rocks behind it as the crashing wave receded.” –Debra Harris, Dallas, OR, Country
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“On the last day of my visit to Arches National Park in Utah, a storm came up from the south. At the end of the day, I set up at Balanced Rock. I was getting ready to leave when the rainbow appeared out of nowhere.” –Don Page, Country. Experience some man-made rainbows with these beautiful photos of colorful towns around the world.
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“This photo was taken at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah after a rainstorm that had lasted all day. The storm was on standstill, which is when I made a beeline for the trails in order to see what I could without getting rained on. The dark sky and the red rocks were a beautiful contrast and made for an awesome end of the day hike through the park.” –Kelli Frank, Country
Humans aren’t the only ones who love rainbows
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“Our two horses enjoyed the pasture after a summer rain.” –Lisa Sprague, Country. While being amazed by all these rainbows, read up on these amazing facts about rain!
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“This is one of my favorite photos from the summer. I love how the rainbow is welcoming us on the road. The photo was taken on the ALCAN Highway in British Columbia. It is an amazing scenic drive full of wildlife.” –Sherry Pederson, Country. This drive might be in British Columbia, but check out our choices for the most scenic drives in America.