While trying to find Scissor-tailed Flycatchers at Prairie State Park, some dark clouds drifted overhead, followed by a few showers. At the time of the showers, I was thinking “it sure would be nice to have a lovely rainbow appear!”. Just a couple of minutes later, I looked to the eastern skies and there it was … a beautiful rainbow that was 100% visible, from end to end! Now, I just needed a nice subject to place under it.
Aha, I just need to travel back down the road to where I found the herd of American Bison starting to emerge on the eastern hills! Frantically, I drove down the road (I was only about 3/4 mile from where I’d seen them) and stopped the truck to make the image I had earlier envisioned … using the bison as my “pot ‘o’ gold” at the end of the rainbow! Here are a couple of images I captured before the rainbow faded away:
Tip: Always try to visualize your “dream” photo, then look for an opening to get it!
And the flycatchers? A short time later, I found 5-6 of them as they foraged in a field that had a lot of yellow wildflowers :o) I’ll share those in an upcoming post.
Photographic Equipment Used:
- Canon 7D body
- Canon EF 100-400mm, f/4.4-f/5.6 IS lens, shot at 275mm (top photo) and 400mm (bottom photo)
- Handheld from vehicle window, with IS “On”
- ISO 640
- Aperture f/11
- Shutter 1/125 to 1/320 sec.