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Rainbow at Devil's Slide

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 21 February 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

About 10 miles (16 km) south of San Francisco - The Pacific Coast Highway climbs precariously along a steep cliff - hundreds of feet above the ocean. This is Devil's Slide. Frequent land-slides during the winter months see it closed to traffic - often for weeks at a time.

This is another part of our world that is about to vanish into history as our highway department - CalTrans - works on an inland tunnel that will replace this section of road.

It is a bumpy, narrow, and dangerous piece of road. NO Parking signs line each side of the highway.

In the 40 years I've lived in the region - I've never stopped along this section of the roadway - until this day (a week ago). It turned out to be one of those lucky moments. There was no rainbow when I decided to stop - but the light was fantastic and there was virtually no traffic. I got out and set the camera and tripod - made a couple of captures and it started to rain lightly. I was headed back to the car when THIS happened!

CLICK - - - click, click, click...

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Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

A fantastic capture with the rainbow and this is a long drive through this section Stephen! Great shot and thanks for stopping!

21 Feb 2010 5:23am

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

A unique keepsake. CalTrans could put a vault over the old road and wait for the landslides to cover it. best...jerry

21 Feb 2010 6:33am

Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

Extraordinary! You deserve all of the luck your had with this shot. Will they really close this road forever?

21 Feb 2010 9:07am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Very nice seascape. Like the trees on the top of the deserted hill, a very interesting detail in the composition.

21 Feb 2010 9:11am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

beautiful, love the sense of space, and the rainbow is the cherry on the pie

21 Feb 2010 10:14am

jpdm from Pignans, France

so nice landscape with rainbow

21 Feb 2010 10:50am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Absolutely beautiful and perfectly framed!

21 Feb 2010 12:57pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

It would have been a gorgeous shot, without the rainbow!!! Nothing like being in the right place, at the right time, and being prepared!!! Great job Stephen......

21 Feb 2010 3:25pm

Marcie from United States

WOW! What an exquisite moment..captured. Stunning landscape..made more so by the rainbow!!

21 Feb 2010 4:54pm

JPS from Le Havre, France

Your home on top of the hill ???

21 Feb 2010 9:23pm

Yonatan from Bronx, United States

Absolutely gorgeous shot. The composition is strong and the lighting is wonderful. Your story just goes to show that when you put forth the effort, you will rewarded in unimagined ways from time to time.

22 Feb 2010 12:05am

David from Detroit, United States

This is beautiful. The hillsides are actually very simple forms, but the overall scene is very dramatic. The rainbow... what can I say? An amazing convergence of light.

22 Feb 2010 1:47am

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

How great that you chose to stop here at this precise moment Stephen. This is one great land/sea/skyscape photo, buddy. 5 star special!

22 Feb 2010 3:58am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

A kind ot shy rainbow, very beautful scene out of the fog :)

22 Feb 2010 5:15pm

@Paco Díaz: I love your description of this as a 'shy rainbow' - it was!

Betsy Barron from Philadelphia, PA, United States


23 Feb 2010 6:08am

Karthik from Chennai, India

Lovely shot!

23 Feb 2010 6:20am