Taken a few miles south of Portales, New Mexico, this is one of the few times I’ve seen a rainbow this low in the sky. Almost every other rainbow I’ve seen arched its way across the sky, climbing to the zenith. But not this one; it was low down.
It might have something to do with how flat that territory is; it seems you can see a million miles in any direction. If I had turned to my left, I would have seen the grain elevators in Clovis, and they’re almost twenty miles away. Now that’s flat.
I don’t normally take photographs of rainbows…or of sunsets or sunrises. In every case it’s because I haven’t figured out how to make it original, how to make it say something that hasn’t been said before. In the case of sunrises, it’s also because I don’t think anyone gets up that early. If NASA can fake a moon landing, then sunrise pictures should be no problem. I think they’re all sunset pictures that have been Photoshopped.
For this photograph, the circumstances were different. It wasn’t a normal rainbow, and, honestly, I was bored. I just had to take a picture of something, even if it was worthless, because I had driven out there thinking of a different subject. Unfortunately, my memory played me false or time had erased what I was searching for.
But at least I have my rainbow photo: one more check mark on the photographer’s bucket list.