November 23, 1999 provided a great scenic treat--a Greek rainbow that became a double rainbow!

Ok, I admit it. I couldn't zoom out far enough to get the panoramic shot above in one frame. It is pieced together from two photos! The seam is actually slightly to the right of where you would guess it is because of the contrast where the dark clouds begin.

It all started when a very rough Ionian Sea caused my Acting professor to cancel his 10:45 AM class after he saw some students' green faces. I went up top to take a picture of a Greek Island off the starboard side. I believe it was Peloponnisos, a huge land mass that appears on a map to be twice as large as Crete. Anyway, the cloud formations were very odd indeed, and I decided to hang around a bit to take more shots. I actually saw a little stub of a rainbow (not in the picture) and decided I didn't need to be first in line for lunch. Above my head, moving away from the sun, was an opening in the clouds that I had bet would result in more rainbows within about 5 minutes.
I was about to go back inside after 15 minutes of waiting around when this spectacular rainbow suddenly appeared. Better late than never! The pieces of blue sky contrasted well with the grey clouds and colors of the rainbow.
I couldn't believe how distinctly the rainbow stood out from the sky.
A closer look revealed that the bottom of the rainbow didn't meet the water but was much closer to me than to the horizon. Notice how it extends below and to the right into the water.
If you had trouble seeing the colors that extend into the water, this shot that shows that it became a double-rainbow perhaps makes it clearer. It was exciting getting this on 35mm film, too, to be developed next month!
A particularly attractive sunset was presented to us between Chennai and Egypt.
As was rumored, great sunsets seemed to pop out at us each evening between Chennai and Egypt. Each one seemed to be better than the one before. The glassy water made for a smooth trip and good reflections of the sun.
Clouds always seem to provide intrigue for a sunset shot, especially when zooming in on the sun.
Here's one that seemed to turn the world ahead of us orange.
OK, so I have a page now that holds the Dubrovnik shots, so why do I include this one here? Because it's a sunset shot, and it seemed to fit here. To cover all bases, I've also placed the same shot in the Dubrovnik page!
This sunset is on the Mediterranean, and I was supposed to be at a meeting when this presented itself. I couldn't resist stopping above St. George's Watch to get this shot. I was only 5 minutes late (sorry, guys).
This one is really a sunrise when we reached Gibraltar. Lots of ships refuel here, and there were two ships in the distance just under the sun that rose a few minutes earlier. Well, can a sunrise be on the Rainbows and Sunsets page or is it false advertising?
Out our window, a rainbow seemed to be hiding behind the lifeboat.
After running outside, the rainbow seemed to be breaking up into two pieces. This split seemed very interesting.
Some of my fond memories included watching people watching the sunsets. Here are Michael Cragg and Krissy Goodwin watching an Atlantic sunset.
Here are more Atlantic sunsets, which became nightly events.
Another Atlantic sunset.
Still another one
Here is the final sunset over the Atlantic.

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Photos copyright 1999, Dennis F. Galletta