Over the Rainbow

My meandering walk on Freedom Day holiday took me down the road to the end of the cul-de-sac, then further down into the conservation area that runs along the coast to the south of Mossel Bay.

There is always something to see and at this time of year many of the fynbos shrubs are covered in delicate, tiny flowers.

The fynbos attracts very specific birds and several of them were flitting from bush to bush, enjoying the bounty that nature had provided – Karoo Scrub-Robins and Southern Double-collared Sunbirds the most prominent.

Karoo Scrub-Robin

After exploring the area and headed up the trail which I have nicknamed Sugarbird alley – there are just about always Cape Sugarbirds present and today was no different. I often hear Terrestial Brownbuls along the trail and true to form I could hear their familiar krrr-krrr-krrr call that I have come to know well, but as usual they remained hidden in the depths of the dense bush.

As I turned back towards home, I saw a small but perfect rainbow had formed, looking as if it was balanced on the cliff edge. It was unusually low and flatly curved, almost inviting me to come and leap over it at the end of the trail….

I’m told by those who know about these matters that the higher the sun is, the lower the rainbow will be and I believe the rainbow’s height is also dependent on the height of the moisture droplets in the sky – either in cloud or mist or even rain form. My walk was around midday when the sun, albeit partly hidden behind clouds, was at its highest and there was a fine mist low over the sea, so this combination of factors produced this low rainbow

Pretty cool as they say…..

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