True colors: Your dazzling photos of rainbows

Why are there so many songs about rainbows? Because they're beautiful, as these colorful images captured by readers demonstrate.

Why are there so many songs about rainbows? Because they're beautiful. We asked readers to show us their true colors, and you responded with dazzling photos like this one, which reader Alisha Hunt calls "A Beautiful Day at Work." We want her job!

Submitted by Alisha Hunt / UGC

Rainbows result from light being refracted through droplets of water, like the spray from this stream in Yosemite National Park.

Submitted by Debbie Handy / UGC

This rainbow was captured on a sheep farm outside Greymouth, New Zealand, in December 2003. The Franz Josef glacier is in the background.

Submitted by Ryan Medeck / UGC

Reader Jami Bartlett captured these colors in Lehrberg, Germany, in spring 2012.

Submitted by Jami Bartlett / UGC

Reader Maria Franto photographed this arc soaring above Brooklyn, N.Y.

Submitted by Maria Frantom / UGC

"After a quick rainstorm on the beach in Wildwood, N.J., this beautiful rainbow appeared," reader Angela Crawford writes. "Our daughter Isabella is in the center of the rainbow."

Submitted by Angela Crawford / UGC

Reader Angela Crawford also submitted this rainbow: "Our dog Katie sitting on the field with the rainbow in the background," she writes.

Submitted by Angela Crawford / UGC

"This rainbow was taken from my front porch," reader Deb Lane writes. "During a recent storm we were blessed with a double rainbow, and I captured this beautiful picture."

Submitted by Deb Lane / UGC

This rainbow was captured "over the pond behind my son's house," writes reader Linda Gregory.

Submitted by Linda Gregory / UGC

"Look closely and you can see another rainbow," reader Elaina Huizenga says. You may also notice that the colors of the second rainbow are ordered in reverse of the first; the second rainbow is caused by light reflecting twice within water droplets.

Submitted by Elaina Huizenga / UGC

The Jersey Shore is a good place to find rainbows. This one was taken on 2nd Ave. in Seaside Park, N.J.

Submitted by Ben Currie / UGC

This photo was taken on the Alaskan Highway 25 miles south of Fairbanks, reader Christine Irwin writes.

Submitted by Christine Irwin / UGC

Reader Lori May writes that this photo of a rainbow across downtown Pittsburgh was taken from her balcony on Mount Washington. The view is considered one of the most beautiful in America.

Submitted by Lori May / UGC

A rainbow forms a colorful backdrop for a traditional teepee at Missouri Headwaters State Park near Three Forks, Mont., on June 2, 2012.