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Now THIS is a rainbow


Trail Ridge Rainbow - Nate Zeman

‘Trail Ridge Rainbow’ by Nate Zeman. Reprinted with permission.

Breckinridge, Colo., photographer Nate Zeman captured this magnificent shot of a rainbow in front of Longs Peak (14,259 ft) in Rocky Mountain National Park. The shot was from Trail Ridge Road, a fine paved road open to automobiles from approximately the end of May to mid-October. I’ve been up there a lot, but have never seen a rainbow this spectacular.


  1. A beautiful photo.

    When I see rainbows, or pictures of rainbows, it’s natural to wonder how far away they are. But of course, rainbows aren’t objects but artifacts of refraction when light passes through moisture in the air. Science and art – great combination.

    • I wish I could remember the distance (as the crow flies) from Trail Ridge Road to Longs Peak. For some reason “10 to 14 miles” come to mind. Judging from the ridges visible here, I’d say this rainbow was closer to the peak than to the road, putting it at least 5 to 7 miles from the photographer.

    • Oh, this isn’t mine. Read again, please. This is by professional photographer Nate Zeman. He was gracious enough to give me permission to reprint some of his work.

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