Graham Riddell is a specialist freelance photographer at Graham Riddell Photography in the Scottish Borders, offering a stunning collection of nature-themed Wall Art & Stock images. Call 0777 764 5813. Commissions also welcomed for Portrait Photography, Event Photography, Corporate Photography, Publishing and PR and photography lessons.
Double Rainbow below Orchard Rig_1574Double rainbow forming on the western outskirts of Innerleithen, Scottish Borders during a sudden squall The Tweed Valley area between Cardrona and Walkerburn in the Scottish Borders has a unique weather feature.
With an east/west lay the sun is predominately in the southern aspect and this creates perfect conditions for observing rainbows whenever they form. Often this is in the spring and autumn months when we tend to get more changeable weather with heavy showers followed by intermittent bursts of sunshine but not especially so.
The above picture is unusual in that the rainbow was formed in the early morning as a squall rolled in. Caught in the morning sunshine, I managed to shoot a few frames of a double rainbow hitting the landscape before droplets of rain started covering my lens, followed by a heavy shower as threatened by the ominous dark clouds gathering above. This shot was featured in the METRO newspaper and also as part of a feature I submitted to BBC South Scotland Online page in March 2012 about the phenomenon.
The other photos below were taken in the afternoons when the sun was in the west and so the above image is especially unique.
Hill Fort RainbowThis Iron Age site and Roman Hill Fort location is crowned by a single rainbow as a passing shower is illuminated from behind. Taken from Caerlee Hill, Innerleithen. Scottish Borders.
Double Rainbow over InnerleithenA double rainbow arcs over Innerleithen and the Tweed Valley across to Walkerburn. Scottish Borders.
Rainbow over WalkerburnThe river Tweed winds its way down the Tweed Valley between Innerleithen and Walkerburn as a heavy shower passes overhead. The sun lights up the landscape creating a wonderful rainbow over Walkerburn. Scottish Borders, May 2007 Rainbow's RestA single rainbow drops to earth over Traquair in the Scottish Borders.
Traquair Rainbow_3309Another spectacular rainbow over the Southern Upland Way at Traquair. Scottish Borders. Rainbow Sky_9095A rainbow emerges from the clouds Steeple RadianceA rainbow collides with Pirn Craig above St James, RC church steeple, Innerleithen, Scottish Borders Forest Fire_3268A rainbow falls into the forest Spectral LightRainbow in a stormy evening sky Horses in Rainbow Field_2211Two horses in coats beneath a rainbow at Glentress in the Scottish Borders Go NowA crow flies through the rainbow
I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the amazing rainbows that develop here. All these images are from my stock and are available for purchase