Rainbow (1944)

Earlier this week, after the post of the books in the boat house, the National Trust asked me on Twitter which of their places has been the most inspiring for photography. Now that’s a tough question to answer as the NT manages over 350 historic properties, and that’s not including the large areas of open-air places they take care of (woodland, moorland, beaches, fells, you name it). Over the last few years we’ve visited most of the places within an hour’s drive or so, many more than once. Looking through my photos though, it’s rather obvious that, at least in terms of volume, Winkworth arboretum stands apart. There is just so much variety there, and there’s something to see in every season.

Today’s photo is a from a visit at the end of April when we went to walk among (and take pictures of) the bluebells. It was rainy, but the sun did peek out every so often. Once we had been through the bluebell woods, I decided to push on with the perimeter walk, one that I had not done before, and towards the end of this I stopped by the viewpoint overlooking the valley. As luck would have it, the sun came out just then and this rainbow appeared. I had to work quickly to find a suitable composition and took a few exposures as the light changed. I must say I’m rather happy with the result.

Post processing was minimal. A minor crop and a small cloned out region to clean up the edges, then the usual curves layer to adjust contrast.

Click on the photo for a larger version; comments welcome, and of course feel free to share the link.



  1. […] Some say there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing (or wrong gear). If I had to avoid walking in England when it rained I think I’d have never walked. Usually it was just a matter of wearing the rain jacket, and moving along. Sometimes you’d have to navigate a flooded area, and sometimes you’d be treated to this, as the sun came out again. […]

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