Blog - Red Arrows and Rainbows.

07th September 2009
The Red Arrows made a welcome return to Plymouth recently. First time in eight years apparently. The Red Arrows have a reputation as one of the top aerobatics display teams in the world, and they put on their usual spectacular show of loops, formation flying and death defying stunts. Plymouth Hoe is a great venue, as it forms a natural amphitheatre over the harbour.

However my attention was divided between the aeroplanes in front of me, and the weather behind me. I did get some strange looks as I suddenly sprinted down to the front of the crowd and turned away from the display. I had spotted a rainbow. Red Arrows or not – the chance to photograph a rainbow over Smeaton’s tower was not to be missed!

The show finished, the Arrows headed home and the crowd did likewise. Then it started to rain, heavily, and the Hoe became almost deserted. But I didn’t leave. The rain cloud was small and I fancied a chance at another rainbow.

Sure enough, after a wet fifteen minutes, the inky colours seeped back into the sky. This time the rainbow tailed off right into the harbour, and now there were no crowds to get in the way of the shot.

Perfect. For me, the real show was just beginning…

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