I think this was the rainbow, the rainbow I saw when driving home from work in March 2008. Of course I know the date, because it was then that I uploaded it to my photo online programme. I was alone in my Volvo and aproaching my village seen on the right of the photo. I saw this rainbow from the top of the hill next to our local castle. What do you do in such circumstances? You stop the car to take a photo of course. Yes even in my younger working days I had a camera in the car, you never know. Of course, it was not my DSLR, because at that time I was only thinking about it, it was my little Panasonic DMC-LX2 which I still have, but it did the trick.
I was at the top of the hill and decided now or never, a rainbow does not wait for a photo, you have to be in the right place and above all at the right time.
I decided to park the car at the castle and drove backwards to stop in front of the stoney end of the stairs on the right hand side. It was a difficult manoevre, as the Volvo was quite a big car, but what could possibly go wrong. I would have a prize suspicious photo of a rainbow to show Mr. Swiss when I arrived home.
It was then that I saw a lady waving frantically standing at the foot of the stairs. I did not recognise her, but thought perhaps it was one of the friendly village neighbours. Her waving got more frantic as I backed the car to a suitable spot and she did not hesitate, with her waving. There was suddenly a sort of bump and I realised that I had touched the stone on the right at the bottom of the stairs with the bumper of my Volvio, which was quite a large volvo. The lady was trying to warn me, and I misunderstood the warning as I was concentrating on my rainbow. I climbed out of the car and took a quick look at the bumper of my dark blue Volvo, which now had a sort of white stripe where the paint had been scraped away by my meeting with the stone.
I decided that ignoring the rainbow and driving home to a confession hour with Mr. Swiss would be the ideal solution. On the other hand if I stayed for a few photos of the rainbow, it would not make the dent in the bumper of the car disappear and so I did not hesitate to take my photos and why cause excitement at home.
When I arrived home I decided that it would be the easiest solution to show Mr. Swiss a photo of the damage on the car to save complication explanations. It was one of those cameras, which we all have, where you see a picture of what is waiting to be uploaded to the computer.
As you can see, I still have the photo in my collection. It could have been a lot worse I suppose, and these things can happen, especially if you see a rainbow. Mr. Swiss did mention something about it being one of the most expensive photos of a rainbow. If I had hesitated on that day, I would not have got a dent in the car, but I would not have captured photos of a rainbow. You cannot have everything I suppose.