Marg and I walked to the ocean beach at Pottsville. It was our first time at this beach. The sea was wild and a storm was brewing to the south that was expected to bring around 100mm of rain. I saw two large rocks in the distance with waves crashing into them sending out huge plumes of spray.
I said "I'm going to walk to those rocks in the distance", Marg replied "Do you realise how far away they are?" Despite the distance I headed off towards the rocks and oncoming storm.
As I walked toward the rocks I kept my eye out for any further photo opportunities. I was scanning the ocean, I thought I could see a reddish yellow tinge right on the horizon, covering quite a large area. It was extremely subtle and so unusual that I took my sunglasses off and checked them, then looked at the horizon again...yep still there. It looked like a shot out of the movies where an atomic explosion had lit up the sky from hundreds of kilometres away. I was fascinated and could think of no explanation for it.
Because of the weather there were very few people on the beach. Finally I came across a women coming the other way. By this time it had got a little brighter and I knew it was just not my imagination (or faulty sunglasses). I asked "Have you ever seen a light on the horizon like that before?" She looked and replied "All the years I've walked this beach I've never seen anything like that before."
We decided it had to be some sort of atmospheric disturbance even though the sky and sea were extremely dark.
As the light grew brighter and higher into the sky I began to realise that it was a rainbow that was rising out of the ocean like a moon rise. I have never seen anything like it before, nor had any of the half dozen people that I spoke to during the event.
I managed to make it to the rocks. I took my photos and returned just in time to beat the rain.
Below are my images of the event.