A rainbow appears behind the historic California Tower in Balboa Park after a brief rainstorm. The colors of the rainbow cut diagonally in a broad swath across the blue sky.
Rainbows always bring a smile to my face but they never last a long time. Because they live on the border between the rain and sun they appear quickly and then are gone in the next moment. If I get a few minutes with one, I'm happy. If I have my camera with me, even better, and I feel exhilarated as I rush to photograph it. I have to watch myself so my hands don't get too shakey with excitement when I'm setting up my camera. And when all is done I'm left with something akin to a runner's high.
For this rainbow, I had been watching the weather all day. We had quite a bit of rain but the skies were overcast so no chance of a rainbow. But in the mid-afternoon I looked out my window and started to see the sun in the south west. Sun and rain meant there was a chance of a rainbow. So I rushed to Balboa Park in hopes I could catch one, and as I was driving I could see it outside the passenger window. I just hoped that it would last long enough for me to get there. When I finally arrived I was lucky to find parking right away and then I ran towards the tower to get a better vantage point. I had about a minute before the rainbow faded but I managed to get the photo. It's quite the feeling when you finally achieve something you've been seeking for a few years.
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