January 23, 2012

OUR HONORED GUEST, Mr. ROY G. BIV!

Rainbow over Kefalonia
Rainbow over Kokkylia, Kefalonia
Few natural phenomena are so universally admired as rainbows. Those unbelievable arches of color tinted light, filling up the sky after a rainfall, are the material legends and fairy tales are made of. Hope, optimism, good tidings, and luck are just some of the words frequently attached to any description of rainbows.
Of course, the conditions prerequisite for the formation of rainbows are better left to be explained by those more scientifically inclined than yours truly. (Something to do with the interaction of light, raindrops and sun rays, but physics was never my strong suit).
There are seven spectacular colors, distinctly visible to the human eye, and they appear in a specific order (reversed on the top rainbow, if there are two).
Remembering the order of the colors is easy thanks to an ingenious mnemonic device. All you have to do is remember the name of a most respectable gentleman: Roy G. Biv. (RedOrangeYellow Green BlueIndigoViolet). Rumor has it that his permanent residence is ...over the rainbow and, though he is of undeclared profession, I'd say that he is eternally committed to carrying that pot of gold from one side of his residence to the other with such speed as to confuse the seekers - and thus perpetuate the search!

Rainbow over Kefalonia

Rainbow over Kefalonia

Rainbow over St. George's Fortress, Kefalonia
Rainbow over St. George's Fortress, Kefalonia

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