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Why Prismatic?

An optical prism is a transparent optical element with flat, polished surfaces that refract light and can be used to separate a beam of white light into its constituent spectrum of colors. In physics, refraction is the change in direction of a wave passing from one medium to another. The traditional geometrical shape of an optical prism is that of a triangular prism with a triangular base and rectangular sides, and in colloquial use "prism" usually refers to this type, much like our logo.

Here at Prismatic Tours, we believe that by changing your daily habits, thus altering the medium through which you view the world, your experience is likely to be broken down into component parts, much like white light passing through a prism. When light exits a prism, one can view each color separately, allowing us the opportunity to appreciate each individual component of the whole, a moment to reflect. When you first begin to paddle your kayak on Yellowstone Lake, the elements that were zipping by in a blur on your drive to the marina, slowly start to separate. The trees, the mountains, the shore birds, the clouds and the reflection of it all on the calm lake. In that stillness, you can begin to appreciate all the small things that make this ecosystem so vibrant. For so many people, our daily lives are lived in a blur of white light, hardly any separation or distinction, much less appreciation for the myriad components that come together to form our lives, the white light. When that same light is applied to a prism, we can parse out all of the details of the rainbow, all of the little things that make day so wonderful, be it the sound of the breeze in the aspen trees, a shared laugh with friends or the cool touch of a summer breeze on your sun

Light changes speed as it moves from one medium to another (for example, from air into the glass of the prism). This speed change causes the light to be refracted and to enter the new medium at a different angle. The refractive index of many materials (such as glass) varies with the wavelength or color of the light used, a phenomenon known as dispersion. This causes light of different colors to be refracted differently and to leave the prism at different angles, creating an effect similar to a rainbow.

We invite you to take a moment to consider ways in which you can put your life through a prism, slowing down and separating the component parts so that you might have a minute to appreciate the beauty that is the complexity of life.

By D-Kuru - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 at,

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