6, 2005. Judy and I both had things to do in the
afternoon, so we decided to meet at the river about 8
am and take a short ride.
time of year in Florida we get early morning fog conditions
in low-lying spots. There was no fog as I drove across
town, but as I headed west past Interstate 95 towards Camp
Holly I could see a thick band of fog ahead of me. There
was one spot in the dark fog that appeared as a soft white
glow, but I couldn't see what could be causing it. I passed
through that band of fog into a section that was completely
clear, then into another, thicker patch of fog that sat
over Camp Holly and the river.
launched the boat and pulled out on the river to find that
the fog was so thick we couldn't see very far in any direction.
Fearing a collision with another boat we proceeded a short
ways to find a safe spot to sit and wait for the rising
sun to burn off the fog.
rising sun was behind us as we looked to the west and saw
an incredible sight - a rainbow like I had never seen.
than a little tinge of color at the farthest ends, this
rainbow was completely white.
I couldn't get
the whole bow in one frame, but it was a perfect arc.
northern end of the rainbow was a lovely thing to see,
but the southern end looked like it was touching down in
a clump of trees not far away.
suppose it's the Irish in me to have to go chasing leprechauns,
but we braved the fog to follow the rainbow....
were sometimes accompanied by alligators as we motored
slowly through the still water.
seeming to be just ahead of us, the elusive light drew
us ever deeper into the marsh. The water, the sky and the
birds were still, with nothing moving but us and the alligators.
as we appeared to reach the end of the rainbow the sun
burnt off the fog and it all disappeared in an instant.