Stunning horizontal rainbow lights up the sky as photographer snaps rare phenomenon

If, like us, you were peering out the window for a glimpse of a rainbow this week as thunderstorms hit the UK during our intense heatwave, then look no further.

We have the found the rainbow to beat all rainbows.

Not only did this beautiful creation light up the entire sky, it also presented itself horizontally instead of in the traditional arc we are familiar with.

The stunning scene was captured by photographer Cessna Kutz, who snapped the rare landscape over Lake Sammamish in Washington, United States.

[Credit: Cessna Kutz]

Amazed by the natural portrait she discovered, Cessna shared the image on Instagram saying she felt the rainbow was a perfect reminder of love and hope.

Cessna wrote: “Witnessed a pretty cool phenomenon out on Lake Sammamish today.

“A horizontal rainbow! To me, it was a little reminder to hold onto hope and love instead of fear and panic in these unknown times. Stay safe out there, friends.”

The photo is now available to buy and made to order on print or canvas on her website.

Alongside the purchase options, Cessna added: “I had never witnessed such a phenomenon, and I am grateful to have been at the right place at the right time with my camera in hand. I feel blessed to be able to share this moment of hope with the world.”

Speaking to a local news outlet, the travel enthusiast also said she was humbled to be making an impact on others while also seeing her own success spike.

Cessna said: “I just wanted to share a beautiful moment I got to witness. I’m super passionate about photography so I’m grateful that God has used my photos to touch people, not only throughout the nation but throughout the world.”

She added: “It has boosted my photography business as well by making an impact on people, so it feels pretty amazing.”

If your inner child still believes in the magic of rainbows, then you might want to look away right about now…

For rainbows are actually a meteorological event caused by reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky.

Cessna, however, captured what is known as a circumhorizontal arc, whereby the refraction of sun or moonlight in plate-shaped ice crystals in the atmosphere (found in certain clouds) forms the appearance of a horizontal, spectrum-coloured band.

To brighten up your wall with a print, click here: Horizontal Rainbow.