Arctic Rainbow by George Cousins

On the shores of the Arctic Ocean east of Coppermine, Canadian North-West Territories, in the summer of 1955. Once in awhile we saw rainbows but seldom had the chance to get a photo. This one occured in early evening, and with clear skies, no pollution or dust (no people!) the colours were brilliant. There is a trace of a double just to the left of the main one. There’s a faint glimpse of pack ice out on the ocean. The land was typical tundra, only a few inches down was permafrost, and it extended hundreds of miles south to the treeline. We were establishing a survey camp at the time this was taken.

Taken with an Exakta Varex 35mm.SLR, Kodachrome ASA10 film, Biotar F.20 lens, and possibly a polarizing filter..I can’t remember.Scanned with a Canoscan 4000US scanner in 2004. Very slight application of dust filter after scanning. My slides were always stored in Carousel trays, in boxes, but it’s hard to avoid some dust motes over 49 years.

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ocean, water, rainbow, ice, canada, tundra, arctis


  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekabout 6 years ago

    That’s pretty spectacular, George. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen one come down at this angle. It’s almost vetical.

  • Thanks Stan. I remember wishing I had a really wide angle lens, but the Biotar was 50mm. There was no way to get anything like the full arc, so I settled for this one.And I wanted to get the guys in it too, just to add more memories. We did a lot of traveling together.

    – George Cousins

  • ubumebme
    ubumebmeabout 6 years ago

    close enough to touch…might have been my choice of title..this is awe inspiring.

  • That would have been a good choice Della, wish I’d thought of it.Glad you liked it.

    – George Cousins

  • naturelover
    natureloverabout 6 years ago

    Incredible shot- so very beautiful!!!

  • Thanks Pauline, I was lucky to get it. Three years in the Arctic and I only managed two or three rainbows. Your comment is much appreciated.

    – George Cousins

  • MaeBelle
    MaeBelleabout 6 years ago

    Awesome shot George, :o)) God Bless,Mae

  • Thank you Mae, and glad you liked it. I don’t think I ever saw a better rainbow.

    – George Cousins

  • KcranmerArt
    KcranmerArtabout 6 years ago

    Ohh George what a magnificent capture of the rainbow…truly a beautiful capture!

  • I’m very glad you liked it, and thanks for the comment.

    – George Cousins

  • gavinmag
    gavinmagabout 6 years ago

    This is a masterpiece. The colour, detail and framing is perfect

  • George Cousins
    George Cousinsabout 6 years ago

    Thanks Gavin, much appreciated.

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