This mysterious, colorless rainbow lasted less than five minutes and was long enough to find evidence of its existence
The UK-based landscape photographer recently traveled to a swamp in western Scotland to snap photos of a beautiful, secluded tree in the middle of the icy wasteland.
There he encountered something more exciting than the tree – a mysterious white rainbow that looked like something out of a frozen fairy tale.
“I’ve never seen anything like it in the 10 years I’ve photographed landscapes around the world or even 44 years of my life,” Melvin Nicholson told ABC News.
Nicholson recalls that it was “incredibly foggy” when he and his friend approached the tree, and as soon as they got there, “the sun rose behind us, burning mist, and at that point an arc of mist appeared.”
The colorless rainbow disappeared within 5 minutes.
He said, “I knew I had picked up something very special when I realized how fleeting it was.”
According to NASA, a white rainbow is called a “rainbow” – a reflection of sunlight by rainbow-like water droplets, but without color.
Lack of color occurs because water droplets from fog are much smaller than raindrops.
They are so small that the “quantum mechanical wavelength of light smears the colors” that can be created by large water droplets that act like tiny prisms, says NASA.