Rainbow with supernumerary bows. by Ern Mainka

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Supernumeraries are created by small, almost same sized raindrops.

“Supernumerary bows are an intimation of the limitations of geometric optics for it is totally unable to explain them. To do so we must take account of the ‘wave’ nature of light.” – Les Cowley

Supernumerary Simulator

Nikon F3, 300mm lens, Fuji Velvia.

© Ern Mainka


atmospheric, optics, rainbow, sky, spectrum, weather


  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1over 6 years ago


  • Anne Smyth
    Anne Smythover 6 years ago

    I have never seen that – spectacylar

  • Anne Smyth
    Anne Smythover 6 years ago

    that word was spectacular – sorry

  • Duncan Waldron
    Duncan Waldronover 6 years ago

    Ern, where do do buy your crayons? They’re beauties ;-)

  • RanyLutz
    RanyLutzover 6 years ago

    Super duper!!!!

  • Jacqueline Barreto
    Jacqueline Bar...over 6 years ago

    nice capture! love all the colours!

  • jesika
    jesikaover 6 years ago

    Absolutely stunning. I have never even heard of this phenomenon.

  • Roslyn Lunetta
    Roslyn Lunettaover 6 years ago

    waves of color….cool

  • chazz
    chazzover 6 years ago

    Fantastic!!! Wish I could have seen it in person.

    KEITH R. WILL...about 6 years ago


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