There Was a Double Rainbow Over Boston

Everyone took pictures, natch.


Image Credit: Eric Randall

Right before the inky black apocalyptic-looking clouds rolled in over Boston last night, the city seemed to collectively pause, look up, and gasp in delight at the sight of a massive double rainbow arching above. Interpretations varied (Was it good luck for the Bruins or your political candidate of choice? Or perhaps God shining down on Obama or weighing in on the “gay lobby?”) but it’s a good thing we have smartphones, as we can now appreciate the view from every angle. Naturally, all the pics people posted raised the ire of some apparent rainbow-haters who were all “What’s the big deal about the fragmentation of light within water droplets?” or “Sob! My Instagram feed is a sea of images of the same similarly filtered thing!” (Really rainbow haters? And isn’t that kind of just Instagram anyway?) But for those of you who love rainbows (and unicorns, puppies, and ice cream) here’s a glimpse of some of the best shots from Twitter:










  • macrogirl

    I’ll never forget my first sight of a double rainbow — arcing over the Tagus River in Lisbon, Portugal. No need for a photo — the image lives in my heart. And I can tell you from experience that dreams do come true!

  • Peter Krasnausky

    i took this from my balcony in Quincy Ma, was a bit too close too get it all in 1 photo.

    • Tristan

      Fun fact: Rainbows are always the same angular size (40-42 degrees arc), no matter what distance you are. There’s no such thing as being “close to a rainbow,” except that when the sun is higher in the sky, less of the arc is visible so it appears smaller. The only way to get it all in one shot is to get a wider lens that captures at least that wide an arc! A lens focal length of 16mm (in 35mm film terms) is what you need to do it.

  • Joe Farese

    This was my photo, from my pation on Harrison ave 6th floor facing Southie and 93 south.