Friday, August 26, 2005

Double Rainbows

Yesterday when it had just rained, i spotted a nice double rainbow from my 21st floor window, one end at Canaraywharf and the other over the Tower bridge.
Very unfortunately i dint carry my camera then. [Sorry i dont have the mobile camera as well].
But i had earlier caputured a couple of double rainbows. Enjoy them.

This one taken on 2004 Gandhi Jayanthi. I was at the Greenwich Royal Observatory, standing exactly over the 0 degree longitude facing north. The millennium dome and Thames are visible.

This foto taken on 17-Jul-2004 is very related to my earlier post. This was taken from the Tenkasi-kutralam town bus. In Kutralam, rainbows are like mottai thalai in tirupathi. Double rainbows tend to disappear very fast. Unfortunately, i was in a moving bus. By the time i took the camera from my bag, the rainbow faded and the bus took a turn to come into a nasty angle :(. If you can locate a broad thin spectrum to the left of the tree touching the bund, you have a good eye sight :)


At Fri Aug 26, 06:12:00 AM CDT, Blogger Chakra Sampath said...

21st floor window - work or home?

At Fri Aug 26, 07:49:00 AM CDT, Blogger WA said...

What a coincidence, saw a beautiful rainbow coming into work this morning. Did think about taking the day off and following the rainbow to look for the pot of gold :)

21st flooraaa? Waiting for your response to Chakra

At Fri Aug 26, 07:57:00 AM CDT, Blogger TJ said...

At Work dhaan! My home window opens to a slush green meadow by A406 and Roding River ;)

At Fri Aug 26, 09:54:00 AM CDT, Blogger Ganesh said...

I liked the second one TJ
both are great.

At Fri Aug 26, 11:09:00 AM CDT, Blogger ada-paavi!!!! said...

nice pics, well taken

At Fri Aug 26, 12:23:00 PM CDT, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

nice pics - u remind me of that guy who takes pic of Kamalhassan in Salangai Oli :))

At Fri Aug 26, 01:24:00 PM CDT, Blogger RS said...

Very nice photographs! Do carry a camera next time so you don't miss out on these :)

At Fri Aug 26, 01:54:00 PM CDT, Blogger Kasthuri Srinivasan said...

Good photos. I guess I have a good eye sight.

At Fri Aug 26, 04:59:00 PM CDT, Blogger Lavanya said...

Nice pictures. Yes, I see the second rainbows. Did you notice: the colors in the second rainbow are reversed.

At Fri Aug 26, 05:04:00 PM CDT, Blogger sen said...

nice pic....

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At Sat Aug 27, 04:25:00 AM CDT, Blogger Ramana Siddharth said...

nice pics tj!btw how tall is the building u work in?i have not seen a double fact it is only thru ur post did i realise that such a thing exsisted!!

vanatuku vanavil alaghu,
iratai vanavilo peralaghu!!

At Sat Aug 27, 08:32:00 PM CDT, Blogger Rags said...

Great Pics...

Thanks for capturing this marvelous phenomenon.

At Sun Aug 28, 12:55:00 AM CDT, Blogger Priya said...

samayaa irukku tj!!
infact i have never seen a double rainbow!!

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At Sun Aug 28, 01:06:00 PM CDT, Blogger krishna said...

Neat + kool stuff TJ..

I did pass ur eye test..:) tho with the aid of a bifocals..

At Sun Aug 28, 09:08:00 PM CDT, Blogger Ram.C said...

whether it is london or kutralam, rainbow looks same like common human attitudes everywhere. Do you agree?

At Sun Aug 28, 11:17:00 PM CDT, Blogger sukhanya said...

nice pics.....intrestng pics...


At Mon Aug 29, 04:24:00 PM CDT, Anonymous Sundaresan said...


Nice Pics and i've never seen a double rainbow. As someone mentioned, the other rainbow has colors in the reverse order. Went to Wikipedia and they have got explanation for double / triple rainbows. Check it out at


At Tue Aug 30, 02:57:00 PM CDT, Blogger TJ said...

Ganesh, Vatsan,
Thanks guys. :)

Sari sari, puriyudhu.. aedho namma range ivlo dhaan ;)

Yes, i normally keep carrying a camera always, but it was just a one off day, i dint carry and i missed the double.. Murphy's laws??!!

At Tue Aug 30, 03:01:00 PM CDT, Blogger TJ said...

Thanks and good to know u were able to spot the second one :)

Yo!, double refraction funda?? Thanks. Eppovo padicha nyabagam


At Tue Aug 30, 03:06:00 PM CDT, Blogger TJ said...

vaanavillai kaanbadhu inbam,
irandu vaanavil - iratippu inbam,
adhai nanbargal anaivarudan
pagirvadho perinbam!!

Thanks for visiting

At Tue Aug 30, 03:07:00 PM CDT, Blogger TJ said...

naa kooda first time double rainbow partha udanay, konjam kanna kasakindein.. only then understood there were 2 rainbows :D

You dint say what was the bifocal curvature :P

At Tue Aug 30, 03:09:00 PM CDT, Blogger TJ said...

Definitely, like human attitudes and rainbow, and clouds, and what not, nature behaves and so does the creatures across the world. Definitely agree


Thanks for the wikipedia reference. I have put a new post on that horizon to horizon rainbow. :)
Enjoy it.


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