Magical Mystery Rainbow Clouds in Joshua Tree

by on April 17, 2019 · 5 comments

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Near Skull Rock, Joshua Tree, Monday, Apr. 15, 2019. Photo by Patty Jones

Some of your OB Rag crew spent the last few days up in Joshua Tree.

And on Monday we saw these magical mystery rainbow clouds in the sky over Skull Rock. It’s not a Rainbow. What is it?

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Jan Michael Sauer April 17, 2019 at 12:54 pm

Stunningly beautiful . What a photograph !


butch April 17, 2019 at 1:37 pm
Alan Conrad April 17, 2019 at 4:09 pm



Tom April 17, 2019 at 8:48 pm

It’s a bird
It’s a plane,
It’s explained here by Les:


Muir Avenue Ale April 17, 2019 at 10:22 pm

Amazing. Thanks for the photo and thanks Butch for the link about sunbows.

Went to Agua Caliente County Park last month in Anza Borrego but was hoping to make it to Joshua Tree this month but stuff comes up — probably too late now with winter over.

As Ken Burns says, our public park system is “America’s Best Idea” and, obrag readers, you really owe it to yourself to check out San Diego’s most accessible National Park.

A lot of people think of Borrego when they want to go desert flowering, but some of the most spectacular flowers I’ve ever seen — desert marigolds, mojave asters and more — were in Joshua Tree, especially the southern, Colorado Desert region. They’ve come and gone this year, but I’d be interested to hear a report from anyone who was there during the peak.


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