A Crimson Sunset
Showing there is life beyond
You have to be jolly quick to catch the evening sunset in Africa, as the gorgeous colours only last an instant. The sun’s last hurrah as it retires for the night.
Being forced to stay home isolated and socially distant, you have no option but to turn inwards and your world shrinks.
Catching a beautiful sunset is a good reminder that the Universe is still out there and that one day we can rejoin it.
Hang in there my friends and Keep Safe.
Red Sunset 1
Pastel colours bright
Last rays of a winter’s night
Set the sky alight
Red Sunset 2
Sunsets are very brief here in Cape Town. When I notice the light outside is slightly different at night, I grab my camera and try to catch a few shots of the sunset before the colour’s gone.
Moments after I took these photos the reds faded, leaving the dark blues and purples of the approaching night.
post script: Many of you will know the expression, “Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight. Red sky in the morning, shepherd’s warning.” Alternatively, it can be sailors instead of shepherds.
You can read more about this prediction, and whether there is any truth in it, here.
This entry was posted in
Nature, Photos, Poetry, Stories and tagged haiku, photography, Photos, poem, sky, stories, story, sunset on . 19/06/2019
Don’t stare at the sun
We’re told as a kid
Unless through a lens
As clearly I did
With my trusty Canon in hand I am never afraid to try awkward or difficult shots, safe in the knowledge that my camera will take care of the specifics and produce a decent photo, while protecting my eyes.
Here the sun is beginning to go down towards the mountains, with vineyards in front, as I took my friend home after her birthday celebration of cake and champagne.
Even though I took the shot directly into the sun, my little camera still managed a decent picture – and I wasn’t blinded.
Don’t worry; I took my champagne “To go”, by pouring most of it into an empty water bottle I had taken with me for that very purpose. I may have a teeny reputation on my blog for drinking vodka or champagne, but I never do so and drive.
As the sun sets on winter, spring is already bursting forth.
See the new growth on the Syringa tree, silhouetted against a pink and lilac sky.
A Syringa Spring!
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Flowers, Nature, Photos, Stories and tagged photography, Photos, plants, sky, spring, stories, story, sunset on . 22/09/2017
I thought you might like to see one of our smaller planes here in SA.
I love the bright orange Mango aircraft; offering a similar service to eg Ryan Air or Easy Jet.
I like how the plane complements our orange African sunset.
post script: I took this photo with my camera phone at Cape Town airport last July, as I awaited my evening departure on a much larger BA plane to London.
We get the pinkest of skies here in Cape Town in winter. A subtle hue spreads evenly across the sky as the sun thinks about setting.
You have to be quick to catch this tint though, as the sun sets so rapidly that suddenly all colour is gone.
To add a little glamour to the scene, a sliver of a moon shines out in the pinkness.
You noticed it without the title, right?
And if you want to know what a Blue Moon is, check out my post
Some evenings the sky is ablaze.
And daylight is not giving up without a fight;
Shooting sparks up into the sky as the sun finally sets.
Railings – Abstract
I wonder if these inanimate railings were enjoying the lovely sunset as much as I was?
Later I noticed how the angle of the railings paralleled the streaks of coloured clouds, producing odd strata.
Strata – Definitition
One of a number of portions or divisions likened to layers or levels.
Egyptian Geese fly by in a wedge formation, heading into the setting sun.
I know the photo is a little blurred, but the light was rapidly fading and my trusty point and click Canon did its best, at least capturing the spirit of the evening flight.
post script: You can read here about Why geese fly in a V shape. And Dawn Patrol to see my skein of flying geese.