A Mega Sunset
occurred on the 10th of November 2017. I was sitting in front of the computer and noticed the sun setting. A sunset is not a sunset. I have run up a hill or made a bigger trip to capture a great sunset, just to find out that it wasn’t even good. Sometimes, clouds come out of nowhere, sometimes they are in the far background and what appears to become a colourful sunset turns out to be nothing special. Don’t get me wrong, I’m fortunate here. Even at home, I can see the sun set cleanly on the horizon at least 2 months a year. I’m not complaining. Yet, when you hike quickly up a hill, and then climb a rock to get that special shot and it turns out be a “dirty sunset”, all you can do is enjoy the moment. Well, I start wondering, of course, what conditions need to be met, to get those extremely colourful sunsets.
Obviously, I have a few empirical theories, there is one containing the time of the year, the wind and the moon’s position. On this particular day, my “theory” didn’t predict a colourful sunset. So I was sitting here, at the computer and kept watching out of the window. The wind was not right, lots of clouds in the horizon. I made no effort in getting to higher ground. My continuous visual inspection indicated, however, a Mega Sunset. I watched and watched, and at some stage, there was no doubt, but it was already too late to climb the next hill.
Hence, I went onto the roof. Not ideal and another lesson learnt. “My theories have been crap.” I’v got a new one though, one that takes many factors into account. This one will surely predict colourful sunsets. 🙂
Here are four photos, the first two panoramas seem to be too high in resolution for my website. They are available at more than 14k pixels (longest edge):