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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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Image: Luke Tscharke

There’s no mistaking Sydney Harbor, with its iconic Opera House and green-and-cream colored ferryboats. The rainbow in this picture so beautifully frames the harbor that it almost looks like the rounded glass of a souvenir snow globe!

The rainbow’s end, in this case, seems to be on the shiny apartment block known as “the Toaster” – a moniker that’s not always meant in an affectionate way. In fact, it’s even been described as the part of Sydney Harbor that many Australians would like to see blown up!

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