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Cloudfire

September 29, 2011

The rainy season means more clouds than sun.  I’ve lost track, but we have to be at about a foot and a half of rain for the month of September.  By comparison, Detroit has had 6″, and this was a wet one for the Motor City.

The clouds do break up on occasion, and if one is lucky enough to be on water’s edge at nightfall, one is treated to a spectacular display.

6:01 PM Guam standard time.

Sun bright in the sky at water’s edge.  Light passing through the atmosphere is blue, light reflected in the atmosphere red.  Sunsets are powered by this simple bit of physics.  What makes each sunset unique are clouds which further reflect and diffuse light.

6:06 PM Guam Standard Time.

The sun creeps to waters edge, tinting vapours on the horizon with yellow and gold.  Off to the north, a cumulus tower sheared flat by dry high altitude winds undergoes a remarkable transformation.

Hints of sky blue pink airbrushed in.

Two minutes later, Nature turns up the gain on the color palette.

Clouds change colors as one watches.

It’s 6:08 PM Guam Standard Time – a mere seven minutes from the first photo.

Seconds before 6:10 PM, the sun is halved by ocean’s horizon.

The cumulus tower ablaze as if to be consumed from within.

6:14 PM Guam Standard Time.  The sun has set; the sky ablaze in liquid gold.  An alchemist’s inspiration, perhaps.

We’re not done yet.  Sol works wonders from beyond the horizon if the upper atmosphere is just so…as it was this evening.

6:25 PM – an image so surreal as to be otherworldly.  The phenomenon lasted all of 90 seconds; fading from view yet leaving an indelible mark.

The whole show?  25 minutes start to finish.  When one is close to the equator, the sun sets quickly.

We close with the favorite shot of the evening:

One imagines anicent man looked upon a display as this, inventing gods and legends to explain a fleeting moment’s glory.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Len Bloom permalink
    September 30, 2011 3:07 pm

    I feel like I should be wearing 3-D glasses these images are so vivid. Thanks for sharing.

  2. dangerboyandpixie permalink*
    September 30, 2011 4:47 pm

    Thanks again!

    They were taken with my cheap pocket camera with a digital zoom. It’s was just that kind of night, I suppose!

  3. Joseph T. permalink
    October 2, 2011 7:34 pm

    This is a 25 minute show that makes us mainlanders terribly envious. Well appreciated.

    Joseph T.

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      October 2, 2011 8:26 pm

      Thanks, Joseph!

      Those were shots taken with a camera whose sole purchase criteria was that it be the 2nd least expensive one on display. $130 out the door at Incheon International Airport. Since I’m not atached to the bugger, I can take it places more expensive cameras fear to tread. It went fishing with me yesterday and was battered from banging about in open ocean swells.

      Imagine what those pix would look like on a decent camera. A reason to go back and do it again one of these days.

      Thanks fro dropping by!

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