On July 31st, 2008 these clouds could be seen from all over the Austin, Texas area. A few news channels and websites had photos sent in from amateur photographers as everyone scrambled to capture the amazing rainbow clouds. This is only a small corner (zoomed in) of a portion of the cloud… which is the only way the camera could capture even a slight bit of the intensity of color that brightened the blue sky that evening. It was spectacular. One of the coolest things I’ve ever seen in the sky.
I was out pumping gas when I saw the guy at the next pump staring off in the sky, speechless. My husband and I looked up and couldn’t believe our eyes. It looked like an oil slick rainbow behind a thunder-cloud. It lit the whole sky from one side of the horizon to the other as the sun went down behind a mountain-range of cloud. It was brilliant. With ripples that sparkled in every hue. I ran in to the grocery store to get a disposable camera (pays to take your real camera everywhere you go!). I was so upset that I missed this photo op! It was truly once in a lifetime.
This photo, although completely un-altered, just doesn’t do it justice. I borrowed this picture from a friend of mine that goes to church with me. He took 80 shots of this amazing Texas sunset (if that tells you how spectacular it was). His wife copied all of the photos for me.
I wish you all could have seen it with your own eyes, though. It was God at His finest – showing off as usual. And I gave him a standing ovation! Bravo! Please do it again!