As I started my day at the top of Cortez Hill, I was greeted by magical morning light reflected from downtown buildings to the west and south.
Then I saw the rainbow!
Can you see it in the above photograph? There seems to be a rainbow painting the clouds around the sun!
This and the following photos were taken a couple mornings ago in Mission Valley perhaps an hour after sunrise. I was going through the images just now, wondering if I should use them, when I noticed the rainbow colors!
What’s odd is the sun was in front of me, not behind. Perhaps this mysterious “rainbow” was caused by an interesting combination of refraction and reflection within the layered clouds. Or was this ring of color merely produced by my camera’s lens? That’s probably the explanation. That seems to be the case in the second photo.
These clouds might also be tinted by the last remnants of smoke from a recent wildfire in Mexico, south of Tecate.
I’ve added a little contrast and sharpened most of these photos so you can see more fantastic cloud detail.
San Diego received a magical Christmas present early this afternoon. A sudden rainbow!
I was at the Maritime Museum of San Diego after some showers ended, and like a Christmas miracle the rainbow appeared!
Here’s a treat for your eyes!
I spotted a bubble producing street performer by Tuna Harbor as the sun was setting today, and he was nice enough to let me take a bunch of photos. Sunlight refracting through the bubbles became joyful rainbow spheres, which undulated like living dreams into the tinted sky.
I met the cool guy again in Balboa Park and learned his name is King Bubble!
Walk or drive in downtown San Diego past the corner of Broadway and Front Street, and you might glimpse rainbow colors splashed every which way!
For more than thirty years, a very cool sculpture has added surprising color and life to the public plaza at the entrance to 101 West Broadway. Titled Light, Rock and Water, the prism wall and accompanying elements were created by renowned New York artist Charles Ross. According to a small plaque, Ross has described his work as “cinematic in nature, seen as a sequence of spectrum images, some muted, some bright, but not all visible from any single vantage.”
I recently approached this public artwork and walked slowly all around it.
Here are some photos…
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I saw magic today. I was standing out on the G Street Pier as the sun began to set.
What a pleasant evening for a walk.
Please enjoy these photos…
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Yesterday morning, just before I walked down from the top of Cortez Hill, I saw an incredible sight. My eyes discerned a very faint rainbow to the west–even though only a few wispy clouds were in the blue sky.
To my surprise, the rainbow arched downward to touch the gleaming cross atop St. Joseph Cathedral. Amazed by the sight, I walked along Beech Street to take photos of bright morning sunlight on the cathedral itself.
The rainbow is so faint in my zoomed, cropped photo that I must confess I changed the contrast and brightness a million different ways and debated whether it even merited a blog post. I’ve decided it does.
Cool San Diego Sights might be a tad philosophical at times, but it intentionally avoids supporting any particular religious (or political) view. Because a sense of wonder and a love for beauty are shared by many. And because there’s enough bitter debate in this old world.
Whatever one might believe, seeing the rainbow above the shining gold was something wonderful to behold.
A mermaid emerges near the edge of beautiful San Diego Bay. She summons people from the bustling city with her megaphone…
A man with binoculars peers between the San Diego Convention Center and the Marriott Marquis hotel. He heard the mermaid’s siren call, and is trying to catch a glimpse. She seems to be waiting at the end of a long, mysterious passageway…
Will these people walking along succeed in finding the elusive mermaid? Turn left! Turn left!
The mermaid seems to be somewhere ahead. The narrow Canyon Path between buildings is shadowy and filled with dark trees and bushes. It’s a bit scary. Where are we going? Are we lost?
Look up! It’s a shining kite in the blue sky!
As we approach the mermaid on the opposite side, a beautiful rainbow-like splash of color appears on the Canyon Path’s vertical side! This secret place seems to be filled with magic!
The mermaid, man with binoculars and prismatic kite are all part of public art called The Benefit of Mr. Kite. This fun artwork was created to draw attention to an easily overlooked 925-foot long pedestrian accessway between the convention center and Marriott Marquis hotel, leading from Harbor Drive to the Marriott Marina on San Diego Bay. The artists responsible for our magical journey are Mags Harries and Lajos Héder!