Waterfall, Moonbow, and Aurora Captured in a Single Shot

Photographer Stephane Vetter managed to capture a moonbow, an aurora, and an Icelandic waterfall, all in the same photograph.

The longer you look at this image, the more you see. Perhaps your eye is first drawn to the picturesque waterfall called Skogarfoss visible on the image right. Just as prevalent, however, in this Icelandic visual extravaganza, is the colorful arc of light on the left. This chromatic bow is not a rainbow, since the water drops did not originate in rainfall nor are they reflecting light from the Sun. Rather, the drops have drifted off from the waterfall and are now illuminated by the nearly full Moon. High above are the faint green streaks of aurora. [#]

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Image credit: Photograph by Stephane Vetter and used with permission

  • John Farnan

     Now thats just showing off :-)

  • Robby Cornish


  • Anonymous

    Wait, is this the image that sold for $4.3-million? I knew that post was a joke. 

  • Ken

    Throw in a wolf howling at a comet and I’m sold.

  • Eugene Sysoev

    There’s a slightly bigger version here

  • Alan Dove

    What, no unicorn?

  • Dave

    If you look close you can see a leaping dolphin.

  • Nelis Lamprecht

    Would have given him an A+ if he included the moon too ;) …great photo.

  • Mmoran

    The moon’s there. There’s a leprechaun on the cliff to the right of the waterfall, dropping trou.