When Rainbows Embrace Global Cities



Image: Gary Hayes

Of all meteorological phenomena – from puffy white clouds to dramatic lighting strikes – the rainbow is surely the most universally loved. And really, what’s not to love? Coming, as it does, on rainy days, the rainbow can be seen to represent a promise of better times after adversity or hardship. The many beautiful shades of a rainbow have also come to stand for the wonders of human diversity.

The rainbows in these pictures are certainly diverse in terms of setting, standing as they do over some of the greatest cities in the world – from Sydney (pictured here) to Istanbul. So let’s take a look at some more metropolises framed by one of nature’s most beautiful creations.


Image: Audrey

Slashing through the sky like the trail of a colorful superhero, this rainbow descends into the skyline of Midtown Manhattan. You’ll notice that the buildings look almost as if they’re lit up against the dark clouds behind them. That’s because when you look at a rainbow, you always have your back to the sun, so the sun will be illuminating whatever you are facing – in this case the city skyscrapers.

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