A double rainbow in the clouds over Tisvilde Hegn at The Danish Riviera in North Sealand summer 2013

En dobbelt regnbue i skyerne over Tisvilde Hegn, Den Danske Riviera i Nordsjælland, sommer 2013.

Genesis 9,13: ” I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth”. NIV Study Bible, 1990.

Text and photos Erik K Abrahamsen

Rainbow in the clouds over Tisvilde Hegn, North Sealand, Denmark. View in direction east to Tisvildeleje beach. Photo: 31. july 2013 by Erik K Abrahamsen

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Its wednesday  31. july  2013 – the last day of a 3-4 weeks heatwave all over Denmark. The best summer in many years.

I am at Liseleje beach at The Danish Riviera at North Sealand.

Kattegat Sea, Liseleje beach with 4 kite surfers on the sea. View in direction east to Tisvilde Hegn. Photo: 31. july 2013 by Erik K Abrahamsen

The clock is 5.15 p.m. and I swim in Kattegat Sea – clean, hot and with big waves:

Kattegat Sea - clean, hot and big waves. 3 kite surfers on the sea. Photo: 31. july 2013 by Erik K Abrahamsen

– and I enjoyed the beautiful seashore at Liseleje beach:

Liseleje beach, The Danish Riviera, North Sealand. View in direction west. Photo: 31. july 2013 by Erik K Abrahamsen

And all the 5 kitesurfers enjoys the wind and the waves in Kattegat Sea at  Tisvilde Hegn here between Liseleje beach and Tisvildeleje beach:

5 kitesurfers in Kattegat Sea at Tisvilde Hegn at the 9 km beach between Liseleje and Tisvildeleje. Photo in direction east to Tisvildeleje 31. july 2013 by Erik K Abrahamsen

And suddenly at 5.40 p. m. appears a big  double rainbow in the clouds over Tisvilde Hegn – the big forest between Liseleje beach and Tisvildeleje beach: 

First not so bright:

A rainbow suddenly appears in the clouds over Tsivilde Hegn between Liseleje and Tisvildeleje in North Sealand, Denmark. View in direction east to Tisvildeleje beach, 9 km from here. Photo: 31. july 2013 by Erik K Abrahamsen

and then the double rainbow appears in full brightness:

A double rainbow in the clouds over Tisvlde Hegn. View in direction east to the 9 km beach between Liseleje and Tisvildeleje. Photo: 31. july 2013 by Erik K Abrahamsen

the time is 5.45 p.m.:

Double rainbow in the clouds over Tisvilde hegn. View in direction Tisvilde Hegn. Photo: 31. july 2013

and here close to 6 p. m. the lifeguard at Lifeguard Post “Liseleje Ø” (east) prepares to close the Lifeguard Post for today:

Lifeguard walks to the red and yellow flag which define the limits of bathing safeguard area. Its close to 6 p.m. and the days duty is finished and the lifeguard brings the flag back to his Lifeguard post Liseleje Ø. Photo: 31. july 2013 by Erik K Abrahamsen

What is a rainbow and how can a double rainbow be formed?

To see a rainbow the sun must be at the viewers back and rain must be falling ahead of the viewer.

The primary rainbow – the inner and brighter one:

When light from the sun encounters the raindrops the white sunlight refracts from the back wall of the raindrops, bends and separates into different wavelengths. The sunlight is reflected only ONE time in the raindrops. Long wavelengths correspond to red and orange and short wavelengths to blue and purple.

The refraction of light causes a spectrum of colors: – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

 

The secondary rainbow – the outer one and less bright: I

t occurs when sunlight is reflected TWO times inside the raindrops and produces this secondary and less brighter outer rainbow with its colors in REVERSED compound.

The area between the primary and secondary rainbow the light is subdued and is called Alexanders dark area. This observation is first time described by Alexander from Afrodisias about year 200 after Christ.

Double rainbow at Lifeguard Post Liseleje Ø:

Lifeguard Post "Liseleje Ø". In the background of the photo is the lifeguard takes the red and yellow flag up the sand. The flag stands to visualize the border of the lifeguard protection area. Double rainbow with the primary brighter inner rainbow and the secondary outer rainbow with reversed colors. Between these two rainbows you can see the darker Alexander area.. Photo: 31. july 2013 by Erik K Abrahamsen

In the opening of this article I have quoted from GENESIS, chapter 9, verses 12-17 in The Old Testament about the Noathic Covenant:

– And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth. So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”

and from REVELATION chapter 4, verses 1-3 in The New Testament:

– After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian. A rainbow, resembling an emerald encircled the throne.

Quoted from The NIV,(New International Version) Study bible, Hodder & Stoughton, 1990   The double rainbow in the clouds 31. july 2013 at 6 p.m.:Click on the photo and use your zoom control and you can see it in full screen size.

Double rainbow in the clouds over Tisvilde Hegn, Northcoast of North Sealand, Denmark:

The double rainbow in the clouds over Tisvilde Hegn between Liseleje and Tisvildeleje at the north coast of North Sealand. View in direction east to Tisvildeleje beach in the distance at left. Photo: 31. july 2013 at 6 p.m. by Erik K Abrahamsen

Photo and text Copyright Erik K Abrahamsen 2013

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Enjoy life – be happy!

Melby, North Sealand, Denmark, 31. july 2013

Love

Erik

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