Rainbow Surprise

On a cloudy day, the still water which stands along the road of the Grassy Island Wildlife Refuge looks dull and covered with a thin coating of scum.

But when the sun shines through the trees at just the right angle, the water magically lights up with beautiful rainbow colors.

According to the West Tennessee National Refuge Complex website, “This rainbow effect on the water is caused by the release of natural oils in decaying vegetation (and particularly from the bald cypress seed pod when it falls from the tree), which produces a thin film over the top of the water”.

This fleeting transformation is just another of nature’s many amazing surprises.

“Never forget to stop to appreciate life’s unexpected awesome moments.”  ~Unknown