Man Photographs Rainbow 'Several Times' At Wife's Behest

By Dodie Fingerton

Published April 12th, 2015

Rainbow in Galway (©2015—The Albany Smudge)

GALWAY—A Galway man — who claims he's not the least bit interested in photography — took several pictures of a rainbow Saturday, all under his wife's scrupulous direction and attention to detail.

Pete Wheatley said his wife, Dotty, was watching him rake leaves when she spotted a familiar-looking arch of color shooting up and above their neighbor's house. That's when he said his wife of 26 years instructed him to “drop the rake, get the camera and start snappin'.”

Pete did just that, photographing the rainbow from various angles, while Dotty allegedly hollered f-stop and shutter speed combinations at him from the couple's deck.

“All hell breaks loose when Dotty sees a rainbow,” the retired machinist said. “She gets real mean and impatient. Must be all the bright colors.”

Mr. Wheatley went on to say his heart sinks whenever he sees a rainbow because he knows Dotty will demand he drop whatever he’s doing at the time and order him to photograph it.

“The goddamn things only last a minute or two, tops, and she expects me to get 10 to 15 perfect shots every time. On top of that, I'm not sure what's more important to her, quality or quantity. I think it's both. Suffice it to say, it can get real ugly between me and her from time to time.”

State Police said they’ve been called numerous times to the Wheatley’s Richmond Street home due to Dotty’s erratic behavior each time the moisture-laden skies above their residence happen to refract and disperse sunlight.


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