If one thing mother nature never fails to do is amaze us with its splendid view, the combination of colors, and how it reflects it all through a magnificent spectrum. “Horizontal rainbow” is another awe-inspiring moment it was offered to us by nature, one which Cessna Kutz was lucky to capture.
Technically known as circumhorizontal arcs, these optical phenomena occur when the sun is higher than 58° in the sky. While technically this is not a rainbow, as rain has nothing to do with it, the description of “horizontal rainbow” does seem to do it justice. It’s actually light refracting through ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere. But regardless of technical aspects of naming, it’s an incredible view one would be very lucky to see it in person.
Photographer Cessna Kutz captured a magnificent fire rainbow over Lake Sammamish
Image credits: Cessna Kutz
“Witnessed a pretty cool phenomenon out on lake Sammamish today,” Cessna writes on her Instagram upon sharing the mesmerizing shot. “A horizontal rainbow! To me, it was a little reminder to hold onto hope and love instead of fear and panic in these unknown times. Stay safe out there, friends.”
It’s an optical phenomenon that occurs when the sun is higher than 58° above the horizon
After the photographer shared the photos, they almost instantly went viral. “I honestly had no idea these photos would make the news,” Cessna shared with one news outlet. “I was just wanting to share a beautiful moment I got to witness. I’m super passionate about photography so I’m grateful that God has used my photos to touch people, not only throughout the nation but throughout the world. It’s boosted my photography business as well as make an impact on people so it feels pretty amazing.”
People loved it, and some of them said they experienced such thing themselves.