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Appalachia Through My Eyes – Rainbows

My life in appalachia rainbows

My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky…



This beautiful rainbow arced itself across the sky the other evening. It came at the end of a long tiring day for The Deer Hunter. A full day of work along with a hard evening’s work of cutting trees….with one very uncooperative tree.

Cutting an uncooperative tree within reach of your house on a slope almost to steep to stand on = a worn out man or 2 or 3.

The girls kept going out on the back deck to check the progress of the tree cutting and in that spare few minutes between dusky dark and dark there appeared the rainbow.

I’ve heard the old tale about pots of gold being at the end of rainbow my whole life. Even as I gazed upon this one I thought “Well it looks like one side ends in Pine Log and that’s surely a pot a of gold and maybe the other end would be somewhere in Peachtree or Andrews and yep I’d say they deserve a pot of gold too.”

I have no idea if the following is true Cherokee folklore, but I read somewhere that the Cherokee Indians said the rainbow was the border of the Sun’s coat. The border of the Sun’s coat, I like that as much as I like the pot of gold.



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    Pamela Danner
    October 12, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    How beautiful!

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    October 11, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    HI Tipper,Talking about rainbows,look up on google-rainbow greets Pope in central park- it mentions ,sun dog.God Bless.Jean

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    Rev. Rose Marie "RB" Redmond
    October 10, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    I wonder if anyone’s ever found the end of a rainbow.
    I don’t think there’d be a pot of gold there, but I think it might be interesting to see where the end meets the land, if it does.
    God bless.

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    Bill Burnett
    October 10, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    What is it about trees loving to grow on steep slopes above residences? I cut two Wednesday and got them down even though they were leaning the wrong way without damaging anything, I was proud of myself until I started cutting one of them up to pile for burning. With my usual grace I started to step across one and managed to hang my left foot under it. It’s amazing how much faster the ground can come up now that I’m older, I managed to throw the chainsaw and catch with both hands without breaking anything but I am still so sore I can barely move my arms to type this comment. It’s funny how our brains tell us we’re still young but our bodies must show us we aren’t.

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    b. Ruth
    October 10, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Remembering last weeks post, made me think something of the rainbow that you posted today.
    Based on my reviews remembrances of your posts last week, I believe that rainbow appeared before the deluge on the weekend. Also during the times Deerhunter and his friends were trying to get the wayward pines down…
    I believe this rainbow showed up as always and again “God’s promise” that nere a flood although a deluge in and around Brasstown would not destroy your home!
    What do you think?
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS…also loved the Cherokee folklore as well.
    We had some specular rainbows here last weekend too!

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    Ed Ammons
    October 10, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    ♪♪ God put a rainbow in the cloud! ♫
    ♪♪ God put a rainbow in the cloud! ♫
    ♫ When it looked like the sun wouldn’t shine any more, ♪♪
    ♪♪ God put a rainbow in the cloud! ♫♫

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    October 10, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    This is a beautiful photo; it reminded me of the “sun dog” I saw recently.
    Wonder what the Cherokees would say about those?

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    October 10, 2015 at 11:56 am

    That’s a beautiful Rainbow, and I’m glad the Deer Hunter didn’t get hurt bringing down those trees. He is awfully good with a saw, I know.
    A couple years ago I had two of
    them Rainbows just above the shop.They were what looked like only about three hundred yards apart, and parallel with the udden. I tried to take pictures
    of ’em, but that didn’t work out
    so well…Ken

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    Garland Davis
    October 10, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Hawaiian Lulluaby “Where I Live There Are Rainbows”

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    Ron Stephens
    October 10, 2015 at 9:38 am

    I’m a rainbow hunter. When there has been rain and the sun is at a low angle, I go looking. Much of the time it works.
    Your rainbow is very unusual in not having the ROYGBV colors. It looks just orange to me. I once saw a pink rainbow about 7am, the only one I’ve ever seen. I have seen several doubles.
    Just once in my life I THINK I saw the actual rainbows end. We were at Norris Dam State Park near Norris, TN. There was a shower in the late afternoon so my daughter and I went rainbow hunting. As we crossed Norris Dam I believe I saw downriver, between the dam and the river bluff, the iridescent end of the rainbow. But it wasn’t safe to stop and gawk (I still wish I had). As is the way with rainbows, by the time we got to the overlook on the west bank of the river the arc was way off to the southwest. So I’m left believing I saw the end of the rainbow once. No pot of gold, but a treasured memory.
    I’m glad the tree felling went safely and it’s all done. As I drove by the neighbors a bit ago he has an oak turned out by the roots that fell last night or this morning. Always something on a place….

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    October 10, 2015 at 9:04 am

    For me, nothing is more beautiful than the unexpected appearance of a rainbow.

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    October 10, 2015 at 7:42 am

    You can’t find the end of a rainbow because rainbows are full circles. If you ever see one from an airplane you can see the full circle. There is no end.

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    Sheryl Paul
    October 10, 2015 at 7:32 am

    Yes, I am also like the border of the sun’s coat. Beautiful image

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    Miss Cindy
    October 10, 2015 at 7:27 am

    I like that, the border of the sun’s coat. It sounds like a Cherokee perspective of nature.
    I’m glad the trees are all done! I mean I’m really glad that that tough dangerous job is safely completed.

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    October 10, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Rainbows are wonderful, only God can paint with such beauty.. The subject of cutting trees shzzz. My wife decided she wanted a circle driveway this summer, so my crew of Three, Me Myself and I,, got to work, with a little help with my tractor and 4wheeler, chain saw, sledge hammer and wedges,,, we finally got it done, downed about 15 trees with brush still need to burn..

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