Rainbow Story imaged by Xabier Gezuragaage (Rainbow images) at Lekeitio on the northern coast of Spain. ©Xabier Gezuraga, shown with permission.

Rainbows take strange guises.  Here they are imprisoned within an anticrepuscular ray/rainbow spoke formed as a spear of sunlight punctures cloud.

A flare of primary hugs the horizon while leftwards virga streaks are lit by the reversed colour secondary bow.

The next picture has rain nearby. But behind Xabier the clouds have parted to allow complete rainbow arcs. Xabier's shadow marks the antisolar direction.

The close rain forms the bows backed by more distant sea.  Only the rain with its spectral glints is nearby. Rainbows themselves have neither distance nor linear dimension – they are incorporeal.

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