I took a little ribbing yesterday for not eating that pear, so I feel like I should put my location in context. I was heading up the foothills along the edge of the Hood River Valley (aka the fruit loop), on a tiny named road that was really a driveway to what looked like a family compound at the top. Pear orchard to my right, and blueberry field to my left, slowly scanning the orchard for photos. When I got to the top and turned around at the family compound, what a surprise to find a patch of bright rainbow in the valley! One of the things that makes rainbows so wonderful is their unexpectedness, and especially at a time like this, when it wasn't even raining where I was. I spend a good bit of time on this rainbow, and also another scene which I'll probably blog tomorrow. So when I drove down the hill, I had forgotten all about the pears, and felt completely full from the great luck I'd just had finding a rainbow in a valley. A rainbow photo has been on my bucket list since moving back to the Pacific Northwest, and even though rainbows are more plentiful here, I had never been in a photo worthy location when one popped up. Hopefully someone will eat that pear though. It did look pretty yummy!
(One technical side note on this photo. I used my polarizer, and it made a huge difference in how vivid the rainbow looked. This is how it looked to me, but without the polarizer the camera captured it more washed out. I was not imagining I'd get such good results, mainly because I don't like using it in water reflection shots, since it takes away the reflection. So this was a learning photo for me. Polarizer and rainbows: good)