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    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 TODAY.com readers demonstrate.

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    Why are there so many songs about rainbows? Because they're beautiful. We asked TODAY.com 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!

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

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

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

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

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    "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."

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

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    Patriotic colors -

    "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."

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    Pond pigments -

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

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    "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.

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    Shore enough -

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

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    Northern lights -

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

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    Pittsburgh pigments -

    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.

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

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