By Alex Beard
An eye-dazzling phenomenon has been caught on camera, with a photographer snapping the amazing moment that sunlight revealed a rare and fragile ‘rainbow swamp.’
Kathleen Greeson, 43, caught the beautiful pictures earlier this month near Moccasin Bend in Chattanooga, Tennessee after being tipped off to the multicoloured waters by a friend who hikes in the area. After arriving Kathleen was initially left a little disappointed as the area appeared to be in fact dull and grey, with no rainbow effect in sight.
However, a little perseverance and patience paid off, with Kathleen waiting for cloudy weather to pass and sunlight revealed the hidden beauty of the murky swamp, enabling her to capture striking images of the water that’d be transformed into all the glistening colours of a rainbow.
She said: “Before seeing the rainbow swamp I didn’t know it was a real thing and I had to do a little research to find out what causes the colours to appear.
“Turns out it is a rare natural phenomenon that happens in very still, shallow water and occurs when decaying plant material under the water releases natural oils that form a thin, fragile film on the surface of the water creating a rainbow appearance.”
Sadly, after returning the next day Kathleen discovered that windy weather had broken the film of the natural oil and the rainbow was gone.
Despite this she was delighted that she had the chance to capture the rare moment on camera, she said: “I am always in awe of the beauty found in nature and grateful for the opportunity to see and photograph something beautiful and rare especially so close to home!”