Posted by: christinelaennec | December 12, 2012

Rainbow clouds

On Sunday I went into town to do some Christmas shopping for the Dafter, and was amazed to see these beautiful clouds in the sky:

Clouds over Aberdeen, Dec. 9th 2012.

Clouds over Aberdeen, Dec. 9th 2012.

I’ve seen this phenomenon twice before in my 20 years in Aberdeen.  Jill has even better photos AND a scientific explanation of how the rainbow colours are formed by ice crystals high up here.

A few minutes later...

A few minutes later…

The thing that surprised and saddened me was that no-one else was really paying attention, or – when they looked at what I was gaping at and photographing – seemed to care.   You may be sure that I, on the other hand, took this sighting as a very personal message to me that All Will Be (and indeed Is) Well!



  1. what amazing skies! I frequently wander along gawping at the amazing skies, a lot of ours lately have had that pale winter beauty, though I’ve never seen rainbow clouds like that before, how special. I always think of Psalm 19 as I look and this verse from Psalm 108 that I read in my daily Bible readings recently: “For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.”

  2. I saw these the other day too! It was the first time I’ve ever seen them and I tried to take photos but they looked like nothing. I’m glad I saw them though, and it’s nice that they were visible all over the UK, according to Jill’s blog.

  3. I thought I’d just left a message here but it doesn’t seem to have appeared. Apologies if I end up commenting twice, but just wanted to say that I saw these too and they were beautiful. My first sighting of such clouds and I’m so glad others saw them as well.

    • Lorna, for some inexplicable reason both your comments ended up in my Spam folder. ?? Sometimes blogs are just weird. I can’t see these “bizarre” ads that Occasional Scotland says are appearing at the bottom of my posts, either. Sigh!

      • Ah, that’s good to know, thank you Christine. It would appear that I’ve been labelled a spammer for commenting too much! I have the same thing with adverts on my posts, but I can’t see them either.

  4. The sight was truly awesome. So nice to know you saw the phenomena too.

  5. So beautiful! It is always sad what people miss, or don’t care to enjoy. There is so much more joy to be had than most of us care to take sometimes.

  6. Wow! Jill’s photos were incredible! The creativity of God never ceases to amaze me!!!

  7. I can assure you that I was very excited, and got out of the car to take photos on my phone( as did more people in the car behind us) and texted my son to go out & look up! Our enthusiasm matched yours! I was really surprised at how long the phenomenon was visible, too.

  8. I’m always causing consternation by my sky (and ground) staring behavior. You are right it is best when others join in, but sometimes it’s nice to have a private rainbow moment.

  9. They may say our heads are always in the clouds, but how else to appreciate the beauty of the skies above us! Here we call these rainbow clouds, ‘Sun Dogs’. Don’t ask me why! I just think they are beautiful. I love that you view them as a hopeful sign.

    I have a surprise for you on my latest post. xx

  10. Sooo beautiful! I once saw a rainbow cloud here in Portland. An assurance of hope amidst the clouds:) Thanks for posting, Christine. xx from Gracie

  11. Amazing clouds indeed, also love your daughter on the swing. This must have given her such a delicious unfettered feeling, swings create such a movement, now if she could have seen the rainbow cloud while swinging …… Best of the season to you all

  12. How could a sight like this mean anything but something good? Very nicely captured.

  13. A lovely sky, indeed! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I can spend hours looking at the sky, there is always something magical in it. Have a happy day!

  14. Beautiful. Wish I’d seen them, I’d have stood with my mouth open in awe too! 🙂 xx

  15. So glad you took photos of the nacreous clouds. I saw these clouds once in Aberdeen, looking south from our (first floor) kitchen window – probably in the late 1990s – and was stunned by how beautiful the sky was.

  16. ah, the comments are all working great now. love the pictures of the sky. so beautiful. 🙂

  17. Me again Christine and dafter, was just reading a blog entitled Scottish Islands Explorer and what was the entry about on Weds 12 Dec but iridescent clouds like yours above seen over Harris, cause info is provided, refraction? It’s an interesting blog –


  18. If you think it was a message for you, it WAS message. Sometimes, you just know.

  19. Dear all,
    Thanks for sharing my enthusiasm for the rainbow clouds! Fiona, I’m glad I wasn’t the only one. Although, as you say Sigrid, sometimes a private rainbow moment is very nice. Flora, I think that show that you enjoyed was the time that I phoned a pal on North Tonight and they sent a camera man and put it on the news. Gracie, I’m surprised to hear it happens in Oregon, but then I did once see the Northern Lights in Portland (a big pink smudge on the sky, in about 1981 or so).

    Stephanie, thanks for the perfect Bible verse for the occasion!

    Heather, I agree there is usually more joy than people care to take.

    Karen, thank you so very much for your book review; and I didn’t know that was what a ‘sun dog’ was. Funny name!

    Fee, I hadn’t read the Scottish Islands blog but it’s really good! I think I’ve seen the magazine on the racks, but have never bought a copy. There’s just something about islands, isn’t there?

    Marian, thanks for that sentiment. I suppose these things are unknowable so we can believe what we like!

  20. Amazing and a good reminder to look around us instead of hurrying on to the next task.

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