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May 8, 2017 / diannegray

Somewhere over the rainbow

I spotted this magnificent rainbow during the dog walk around the farm on Thursday. I captured it with my iPhone (which I hate because the pictures aren’t nearly as good as my old Samsung). I’ve written about this in my blog posts before and can’t wait for my iPhone contract to expire next February so I can get my hands on anotherΒ Samsung. The colours of the rainbow didn’t come out as well as I thought they would. Also, the rainbow was so wide I couldn’t get it all in one shot.


It was all going swimmingly until the cloud beneath that rainbow decided to dump on our heads! Needless to say we had to make a run for it to escape the tropical storm. You’ll be pleased to know we survived and I took a nice warm shower when I got home.

I regularly visit one of my neighbours for morning coffee, so the following day I took a photo of a beautiful tree in her yard. Again, the iPhone doesn’t do it justice, but you can probably understand why I found this tree so mesmerizing.


***Have a great week!!!***


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  1. nrhatch / May 8 2017 7:59 am

    Love both shots . . . but the tree is very inviting.


    • diannegray / May 8 2017 8:11 am

      That tree seemed to be calling me to go sit under it and meditate, Nancy πŸ™‚


  2. Jill Weatherholt / May 8 2017 8:00 am

    These are amazing shots, Dianne. I’d love to be sitting under that tree with some fellow bloggers…just chatting. πŸ™‚


    • diannegray / May 8 2017 8:12 am

      It looks very inviting, Jill! That’s one of the thoughts that went through my head when I saw it πŸ˜‰

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  3. EllaDee's / May 8 2017 8:16 am

    Lovely photos but I get your frustration. Similar rainbow here the other day and my old Samsung S4 just couldn’t capture the colours but panorama mode at least coped with its expanse.
    That’s quite a yard your neighbour’s got and a beautiful tree. A nice long table, good company and cool drinks would go nicely β™‘


    • diannegray / May 8 2017 1:56 pm

      Some of the yards around here are absolutely beautiful, Dale, so much space! (but so much lawn to mow) πŸ˜€


  4. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / May 8 2017 8:33 am

    Beautiful images.

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  5. Carrie Rubin / May 8 2017 8:55 am

    iPhone or not, the colors in that bottom photo are so vivid! What a lovely green.


    • diannegray / May 8 2017 1:58 pm

      Everything here is really green, Carrie – even if it hasn’t rained for a while. When I lived down south in the cold it was very brown but the autumn colours on the trees were sensational πŸ˜‰

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  6. Denise Hisey / May 8 2017 9:31 am

    Photos rarely do reality justice…no matter what camera! πŸ™‚
    You have a lovely view, nevertheless!


    • diannegray / May 8 2017 1:59 pm

      If you ever feel like going over the rainbow Denise, you know I’ll be there somewhere πŸ™‚

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  7. Minuscule Moments / May 8 2017 10:00 am

    Simply magic whenever we see a full rainbow Dianne. Wow! love the tree, it must be so nice to have a friendly neighbour to visit. That tree is one I would have ran up to and hugged. Thanks for sharing your day with us.


    • diannegray / May 8 2017 2:01 pm

      I’ve got fantastic neighbours here, Kath. They’ve all known each other (and my hubby) since they were kids playing together. I’ve only known them for about 30 years but I still feel like one of the family xxx

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  8. Jacqui Murray / May 8 2017 10:33 am

    What a gorgeous place you live in, Dianne. I would have coffee by that tree any day (or under that rainbow).


    • diannegray / May 8 2017 2:02 pm

      There are just so many beautiful sights to see here, Jacqui – the sooner you move to the country the better πŸ™‚


  9. Cynthia Reyes / May 8 2017 12:54 pm

    Wow, Dianne! These photos are truly gorgeous.


  10. the eternal traveller / May 8 2017 4:56 pm

    Dianne, I just treated myself to a new Samsung Galaxy A5 and I love it. It takes great photos.


    • diannegray / May 10 2017 7:01 am

      That’s what I use to have – I LOVE the photos they take. I dropped mine in the creek about the same time as my contract was up and they convinced me to get an iPhone which I thought would be great – but the photos are terrible compared to the Samsung. I’m looking forward to see your snaps πŸ™‚


  11. grumpytyke / May 8 2017 5:58 pm

    Great photos anyway. I don’t have any kind of smartphone but find the iPad ideal for blogging pix. I guess the widest lens angle is about 32mm equivalent with zoom to very long and you can edit, including colour, instantly (so while you’re look at the scene). Of course what the viewer sees depends on their device.


    • diannegray / May 10 2017 7:06 am

      I’ve got a Nikon camera but I don’t like taking that on the dog walks to the mountains because I’m worried it’ll get damaged. My old Samsung was perfect, but the iPhone is crappy. I’ve got an iPad, and that may be okay to take on the walks. Thanks for the idea and for coming by. I’m glad you like the photos πŸ˜‰

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      • grumpytyke / May 10 2017 4:02 pm

        I forgot to say that you can get a wide angle attachment for the iPad I believe which is very small and may have taken in the whole of your rainbow. I don’t like taking a camera on strenuous walks either because all mine are bulky or heavy (relatively). You could see an example or two of iPad shots on my recent post on a trip to the English Lake District. I also like using the iPad as now I write most of my posts on it so the photos are instantly available.

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  12. Sheila Morris / May 8 2017 6:41 pm

    wonderful photos, Dianne…thanks for posting, a great start for my week!


    • diannegray / May 10 2017 7:07 am

      Thanks Shelia! I’m still imagining myself in that beautiful pool of yours! I love the new place πŸ™‚


  13. bluestempond / May 8 2017 11:24 pm

    You live in a lovely place, and kudos to you for taking the time to notice and share it.


  14. Charissa / May 9 2017 1:40 am

    I love the magic you capture. That tree looks like a story.


    • diannegray / May 10 2017 7:08 am

      I’m sure there would be a story somewhere in that three, Char! It looked ‘alive’ to me πŸ™‚


  15. Sheila / May 9 2017 6:26 am

    Beautiful rainbow and I love the way those hazy clouds look. I’m glad the dogs got to enjoy the scene before the rain!


    • diannegray / May 10 2017 7:10 am

      We all loved the scene, but those clouds were determined to break on our heads, Sheila πŸ˜€ It was lovely while it lasted xxx

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  16. Janna G. Noelle / May 9 2017 3:15 pm

    Lousy photos? Those pics look great! The greens are incredible. So magical.


  17. Colline / May 10 2017 7:04 am

    Even though they did not come out as you wanted, the photos are still very good.


  18. restlessjo / May 10 2017 4:22 pm

    That’s a good looking tree, Dianne, but how dare that rainbow be too big to fit in your camera? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


  19. anotherday2paradise / May 11 2017 1:11 am

    Beautiful captures nevertheless, Dianne. What a magnificent ‘yard’ your neighbour has! πŸ™‚


    • diannegray / May 11 2017 7:47 am

      We all have a lot of yard around here, Sylvia. I think the old farmers that built these places several generations ago wanted the sugar cane as far away from the houses as possible πŸ™‚


  20. roughwighting / May 11 2017 11:25 am

    How I’d like to come visit for a cup of tea (no coffee thank you) and walk your glorious walks and see your rainbows and your trees of splendor! πŸ’š


  21. Daphne Shadows / May 11 2017 11:54 am

    Both are beautiful. You lead a very inspiring life. πŸ™‚

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  22. Roy McCarthy / May 11 2017 5:33 pm

    That is some big rainbow – a pity that only in Ireland would you find a crock of gold at the end of it. I think my (very basic) phone has a camera function but I generally walk/run carrying my palm-sized Kodak which, as a technophobe, is good enough for me πŸ™‚

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    • diannegray / May 15 2017 6:37 am

      A pot of gold would really suit me at the moment, Roy – such a shame I couldn’t find the end of the rainbow, but knowing my luck all I would find would be a snake πŸ˜€

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  23. ParentingIsFunny / May 14 2017 1:59 am

    Mesmerizing is definitely the word! Oh, it’s gorgeous. If I were to see it in real life I might not be able to handle it. I just love beautiful trees. Thank you for sharing that one. Having morning coffee with a neighbor is such a lovely thing! I would like to be you some day! πŸ™‚ And I’m sorry you were disappointed with your rainbow picture. It still looks amazing, though!


    • diannegray / May 15 2017 6:43 am

      I’m so glad you like the pictures. I think I was spoiled by my old phone, but maybe I just need to learn how to use the new one πŸ˜€ My neighbours here are wonderful and they’d love to have you over for morning coffee too πŸ˜‰ xxx


      • ParentingIsFunny / May 17 2017 2:19 am

        Awh, if I only I could come. I would enjoy that SO much. Just listening to your accents would be heavenly. πŸ™‚ Some day I’ll get to Australia…

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  24. Susan A Eames / May 14 2017 6:50 am

    Of course we don’t know what those photos would have looked like on a different phone or camera – but they look pretty damn good to me! Thanks for posting them.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


    • diannegray / May 15 2017 6:44 am

      You’re right Susan, and it could have just been the light (or the operator) πŸ˜€ I’m so glad you like them xxx


  25. agjorgenson / May 14 2017 12:00 pm

    I love these! We are also going through a time of the year when colours are especially intense. I am enjoying it immensely, aside from the allergies that accompany the blossoms et al!


    • diannegray / May 15 2017 6:48 am

      Oh – you hit the nail on the head here Allen. My allergies are going haywire! I’m glad you like the photos – hopefully I can get use to this phone and take some beauties in the next few months.


  26. harulawordsthatserve / May 15 2017 5:22 pm

    Absolutely stunning rainbow photo, with the little dog, and rolling hills iced with mist and glowing green, it’s just missing the yellow brick road. Honestly, it gave me goosebumps! May all your dreams come true, this week and always… πŸ™‚ Blessings, Harula xxx


    • diannegray / May 18 2017 11:25 am

      That’s so lovely Harula – it does look like it needs a yellow brick road! πŸ˜€ xxxx


  27. Luanne / May 17 2017 10:28 am

    I love the rainbow shot. You did a great job with it, so don’t denigrate, please! But while the tree shot is much showier, it gives me a cold feeling. I wonder why that is?


    • diannegray / May 18 2017 11:30 am

      I don’t know, Luanne – maybe the tree is a cold colour. It’s funny how things can affect us like that πŸ˜‰


  28. samba2017 / Jun 8 2017 5:09 pm

    I love the combination of the sunlight and the rainbow in this picture. Thanks for sharing. I have a poetry blog here on WordPress and today’s poem is about a double rainbow in case you have time to look? Colourful greetings, Sam πŸ™‚

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