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Circular Rainbow seen from a Hill-top

Nature volume 29, page 428 | Download Citation



IN the evening of the first Sunday in last September, when, it will be remembered, there was a very severe storm, I was walking alone up the south side of the top of the Belchen, in the Black Forest; the sun was setting in the west over the Rhine, and for some time my shadow was thrown on the mist filling up the valley to the east of the Belchen, and around it was a most distinct rainbow, with all the usual colours. It was so striking that it at once suggested the halo one sees in religious pictures, except that it was round the whole figure, and not confined to the head. I thought this anecdote might interest those gentlemen who have already written to you about this beautiful phenomenon, and especially Mr. Maynard, who I see writes from the Black Forest.

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