Jul 21-01

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2001: July: Jul 21-01
Rainbow over Lake Superior    ...scroll down to share comments
photo by Dan Urbanski

Dan Urbanski on Saturday, July 21, 2001 - 09:32 am:

A tiny thunderhead rolled over Silver City last night just before sunset perfect timing for a rainbow. This was the view over Union Bay.

By Doug S. Wixom, MI on Saturday, July 21, 2001 - 09:45 am:

Dan, You always come through with the finest in photography as you capture the beauty and spirit of the UP. I hope Charlie makes this one a WOW for sure, although there is alot of competition this week I'm afraid... :-)

By YWB/ Richmond. on Saturday, July 21, 2001 - 10:10 am:

I vote for a WOW!!! I've already set this as my wallpaper. Thanks again. I LOVE this sight. :)

By finn in the south on Saturday, July 21, 2001 - 10:53 am:

looks like the heaven i left a year ago to live in richmond virginia (sigh)...

By Alicia, Mi on Saturday, July 21, 2001 - 01:07 pm:

Looks like the perfect setting for Judy Garland
to sing "Somewhere over the Rainbow". Beautiful.

By Sarah, Wisconsin on Saturday, July 21, 2001 - 02:23 pm:

Thank you so much for the beautiful pictures Dan (can't wait to visit your shop again & get another picture for our bedroom) and for giving us this site Charlie!! 3 weeks from today & I'll be, once again, enjoying the wonderful lake I've grown up with for the past 22 summers. With the neverending heat & humidity in WI I'll be glad to jump in the cool water!

By Recent college grad trying to get a job back in the Yooper and is living in Kalamazoo in the meantime. on Saturday, July 21, 2001 - 09:17 pm:

You should of seen the rain in Iron Mtn during the Pine Mtn Music Jam last night. It was sure coming down.

By Ozawindib, MN on Sunday, July 22, 2001 - 01:37 am:

Now how'se about explaining this "perfect timing" instinct of yours for the rest of us "camera-teurs".
You know: Knowing exactly where to be exactly when.
Betcha can't do it in 25 words or less!
This is the deeper craft or art which transcends whatever quantifiable photographic expertise and expensive equipment you may have amassed over the years for our viewing pleasure.
Kudos, Kemo-Sabe!

By Carole, Sterling Hts. on Sunday, July 22, 2001 - 06:02 pm:

WOW! WOW! A definite candidate for next years calendar. Only six more weeks and we are up in the Keweenaw enjoying all this beauty, and away from this miserable heat and dry spell.

By Dan U, Silver City on Sunday, July 22, 2001 - 11:52 pm:


Thanks for the kind words. Your are right, I can't explain my luck in a few words. But it helps to live in a great location. Otherwise, being an amateur naturalist helps. I've studied weather, botany, geology, etc. The rest is pure dumb luck and a passion to photograph our beautiful UP.

By Sarah, St. Clair Shores, MI on Monday, July 23, 2001 - 10:46 am:

Please add my vote for WOW!

Absolutely beautiful!

By Stella, In on Friday, July 27, 2001 - 11:51 pm:

WOW!!! What a wonderfully beautiful picture..so soft yet dynamic! Thanks again for a real beauty!

By J Sertich... California on Saturday, July 28, 2001 - 06:11 pm:

Wow! What a great way to stir old memories. I hope I never forget!

By E. King, Tucson, Az. on Thursday, August 2, 2001 - 04:27 pm:

Oh, how I miss Michigan. This photo just flung a craving on me. I am content in the S.W. however this photo made my heart ache with longing.

By R. Mitchell, Grand Rapids, MI on Tuesday, August 14, 2001 - 12:55 pm:

My parents (and us as kids at the time) moved away from Marquette in 1960 and became "trolls". Although I left the U.P. it has never left me! The U.P. is trully God's country, a magnificent treasure of our great state of Michigan! Thanks so much for the incredible photo that has triggered a flood of memories, memories which my wife and I now enjoy when we venture back to the U.P. every year. Love the website, and nothing can top U.P. pasties!

By Greta, Wisconsin on Tuesday, October 23, 2001 - 11:34 pm:

A perfect blending of land, sea, sky and emotion all in one shot. Really good composition.

By John Temblador, California on Friday, October 26, 2001 - 02:13 pm:

Very Beautiful.. My choice :-)

By Kathleen, California on Thursday, June 13, 2002 - 04:45 pm:

Thanks so much for the pix...am far away but visited superior in 76...originally from Wis...mostly Kenosha and Madison...ain't been back for some time and really missed the scenery

By DR, CT on Thursday, December 5, 2002 - 07:16 pm:

You have nice pictures on your site, and I appreciate your posting the 1600 size which many of the more art-conscious users have.

But, I don't believe it is possible to view a rainbow centered 90 to the right of the sun's position, as the clouds here indicate.

A rainbow (and sometimes its faint wider twin) forms with its center exactly opposite the sun's position on the celestial sphere, which is why the biggest ones are at sunset (or sunrise, when the weather needed is rare). For the same reason, you never see more than half. Try it yourself with a garden hose set on fine mist (and expect a circle, with no horizon blocking it).

So I suspect this photo is a combination of two shots.

By Charlie at Pasty Central on Friday, December 6, 2002 - 07:58 am:


This shot was taken from a vantage point looking slightly north of due east. As you can see on this map, the arrow points to where Dan was standing to take it. The rainbow is 180°, that is, opposite the position of the sun. Dan is looking east, not north. The sun is behind us, not to our left as you suggest.

The picture is authentic, a single shot.

Union Bay

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