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Saturday, November 26, 2016

The, Alexander's Band Reflecting On Provo" Story

It was an ordinary day.  Visiting the Facebook page of Tom McDowell who I had the honor of meeting while on vacation twice to the island of Providenciales (Provo).  Tom is not only a fantastic guy, but a remarkable photographer.  Does it as a hobby!  During our recent visit to Provo, I had the chance to sit down with Tom and look at a sampling of his work that he had taken during his three month visit to Provo.  Many of his photos I recently shared with you in a post, but in case you didn't manage to see them, I will post just a few more that I have found to be inspiring.  Tom managed to capture a double rainbow which he took the day before we arrived.  Would have loved to have seen and capture an image, but I am glad Tom has shared his photo with me.  The double rainbow was visible over South Dock.  The second band, or outer band has the reverse color pattern as the primary or inner band which has a more intense color.  The darker area between the bands is called Alexander's band.  A rainbow is a meteorological phenomenon that is caused by reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky.  The light appears in the form of a multicolored arc.  The double rainbow has many meanings, one telling that it is considered a symbol of transformation and is a sign in eastern cultures of good fortune.  The lower arc represents the material world while the outer arc signifies the spiritual realm.  A double rainbow forms due to an optical illusion when sunlight enters a raindrop and creates two internal reflections before the rays exit the droplet.  I have included a few more photos from Tom which will give you an idea as to how creative and dynamic his photography really is.  It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy.



This heart of shells was evidently made from shells washed up on shore.  Providenciales is known as the Conch Island and this is the perfect photo to show that.  There were 8 hearts made from conch shells with the largest being about 70'x100'.  Tom suggests it might have been from a Beachcombers Wedding???  The following photos are all Tom's creations helped by the sunset.  Remember to click on the images to enlarge.





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