A Message From the Gods A Message From the Gods It’s an interesting and beautiful atmospheric occurrence, and not terribly common, called “cloud iridescence”, named for Iris, the Greek goddess of the rainbow and messenger of the gods. Here, the sun is behind the larger dark cloud, which makes the cloud appear darker as well as the edges lighter. These cumulus clouds are made of ice and water crystals of about the same size and have to be small for this effect. The angled sunlight shining through the thinning edge is perfectly refracted through them as it is through mist after a rain when we see a rainbow. You can read more about the occurence here. . . . . . . . For a print of any photo, visit “purchasing” for availability and terms. 00Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Related Post navigation Blowing AwayTruly Spring 0 Comments Lovely photo! We get that a lot where I live in Eastbourne. We get great clouds and light! Loading... Reply Leave a ReplyCancel reply This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.