This Photographer Snapped an Incredible Photo of a Rare 'White Rainbow'

Melvin Nicholson

Over the weekend, photographer Melvin Nicholson captured a beautiful shot of a white rainbow (or "fogbow") over the Rannoch Moor in Scotland.

The photo was taken south of Glencoe just seconds after the white fogbow appeared. Nicholson knew he had to capture the moment quickly. "I was shooting with a friend of mine Scott Robertson when he mentioned that a fogbow was appearing due to the sun burning off the mist," Nicholson told Mashable.

"It's a colorless rainbow that is made up of tiny water droplets that case fog," he explained. "It's an amazing thing to witness and can generally only be seen if the sun is behind you when you are looking at it."

The photographer also said that the tree was the object that completed the shot. "I am just so pleased that people are getting to know that fogbows exist as it appears few people do, including me before Sunday."

Nicholson's image quickly spread across social media after he posted on his Instagram.

"It was beyond magical and one of those days that you'll remember for a long time to come," he added. White rainbows are rare to find, but it's certainly worth capturing when you do.

You can view more of Nicholson's photography at

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This Photographer Snapped an Incredible Photo of a Rare 'White Rainbow'