Photographer Melvin Nicholson has captured the nation’s attention after his impressive shot of a rare ‘white rainbow’ across the skies above Rannoch Moor in Scotland this Sunday was picked up by and made the rounds in the British media.
Melvin said of the shot, captured with a Canon 5DS and Canon 16-35mm f/4 lens, in a Facebook post:
“As soon as I saw this wonderful isolated windswept tree, I knew that it had to be framed by the fogbow. Freshly fallen snow set the scene all around. It was just beyond magical and one of those days that you’ll remember for a long time to come.”
The ethereal-looking white rainbow is in fact a ‘fogbow’, a fairly rare occurrence formed from the tiny water droplets that make up fog. Typically only visible when the sun is directly behind the viewer, the smaller size of the water droplets means that the typically widely separated rainbow colours overlap with each other, rendering it in pale shades of white and blue, rather than the full spectrum.
The image has since found its way onto the BBC, Independent, Daily Mail and many more.