Thursday, October 16, 2008

Skywatch Friday - Somewhere over the fogbow



When I went out yesterday morning for my very foggy photo expedition, I saw something in the sky that I had never seen before - a white rainbow. I thought I was being a smartass when I called it a fogbow, but come to find out, there really is such a thing!

A fogbow is similar to a rainbow, but because of the very small size of water droplets that cause fog, smaller than 0.05 mm, the fog bow has no colors and appears white. Fogbows are sometimes called "white rainbows" or "cloudbows." Mariners sometimes call them "sea-dogs."

Since fog requires moisture, it's a rare occurrence in these parts, so I'm feeling very lucky that I got to see a fogbow. I've always considered this ranch my pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and now I'm feeling doubly blessed.

To see what's happening in the sky all around the world, go to the Skywatch Friday page.

34 comments:

  1. Linda, I'm sure the fogbow has some wonderful meaning and I think it's so cool you not only saw one, but got a photo!!

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  2. Hey, wait a minute... you think the fogbow is what Hank and Lyle were cooking up the other day? And just for your skywatch Friday! :)

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  3. That is so cool! I'd never heard of a fogbow, but there it is!
    You are so blessed!

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  4. WOW! Those are amazing shot! I like the soft feel to it too;) Mine is posted HERE. Happy SWF!~

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  5. What an education! And in New Mexico of all places. Thanks for sharing this!

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  6. What a sight! Very nice shot. I always learn something when I visit you. Have a great weekend. Happy SWF.

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  7. I have never heard of such a thing, so reading your explanation was quite interesting, as were the pictures. How cool is it that you were there at the right time, camera in hand.

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  8. Not only do I see fabulous sky/cloud pictures, I get to learn new things too, fogbow. Thanks for the info.

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  9. Wow, I absolutely LOVE that first photo! It's beautiful :)

    Thanks for sharing it with us :)

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  10. That's the first I've heard of a "fogbow", but the term "White Rainbow" has been used in other contexts... that had nothing to do with weather.

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  11. They are lovely photographs. I have never seen a fogbow, so thanks for that.

    Ray

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  12. I have never seen a fogbow before so thank you for sharing your lovely pictures with us.

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  13. Now that is a phenomenon I have never seen before, you certainly are lucky, also to have your camera at hand at the right moment.
    In the last picture of your herd, is that cat by any chance an Oriental like my Millie? Thin and sleek and with a long tail like a monkey.

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  14. WOW! I´ve never seen before such a fogbow. Wonderful pictures!

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  15. LOVELY - both of them!!! :)))
    Wonderful.

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  16. Boy, you would think we would have fogbows all the time around here....'course maybe we do and they just blend in with the rest of the gray skies...thanks for sharing, I love learning something new about nature!

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  17. Oh - a fogbow - never heard of it but I love it! And what a beautiful little phenom it is! I just discovered your blog clicking around SWF, but have fallen in love with all the animals and vistas; am bookmarking your ranch.

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  18. Great picture. When I was in the Navy we did see these occasionally at sea.

    Dan

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  19. I've never actually heard of a fogbow, but seeing is believing. It's different and interesting, glad you got the picture of it.The blue sky looks beautiful as the backdrop.

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  20. How neat a fogbow. Happy SWF!

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  21. Learn something new every day! Beautiful photographs! Love your blog... I've gone back to the beginning and am in the process of reading the whole thing. What a beautifu life you lead!

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  22. the fogbow is awesome I have seen two (in others photos only) Happy SWF!

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  23. You are sooo smart!! I never heard of a fogbow. Great pics :)

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  24. How awesome that you got to SEE and SHOOT a fogbow!!!

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  25. Those are amazing. How blessed you are to experience that. I have heard of them but haven't had the pleasure of experiencing one first hand. Awesome. Well composed shots, too!

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  26. I had never heard of a fogbow until this post! Lovely pictures, thanks for sharing!

    Greetings from West Africa,
    Esther

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  27. Fogbow, huh? That's hilarious. I'm with wrensong farm, you'd think we'd be known for those here in the Pacific Northwest! :-)

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  28. Wow....I have never heard of a "fogbow". Thanks for bringing this phenomenon to SkyWatchers' attention! The photos are lovely, too!

    Greetings from Iowa. Happy SkyWatching!

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  29. Very, very cool! My cousin has seen a Moonbow, which I imagine is similar. This is the first time I have ever seen or heard of a fogbow, and I am so impressed with your photos! What an amazing Skywatch! And the donkeys are adorable! I just did a post that features a donkey if you want to come by and visit, and my Skywatch was taken at White Sands, since you are in NM....

    Just wonderful post!!!
    Marie

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  30. Just looked at your rainbow pictures over your ranch! Wow! A gorgeous double rainbow and you can see the whole thing. Now the fogbow! Wow, wow, wow!!!!!

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  31. I love your blog! I am so envious of your lifestyle :) I had never heard of a fogbow before - fascinating. Your 'herd' looks fabulous - everything I would have in my fantasy herd with the possible addition of a llama or two.

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  32. I've never heard of such a thing. My, there is just no end to the things I learn here. :o))

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  33. Loved the photos and the blog

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  34. Interesting info, and superb shots!
    Thank you for sharing.:)

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