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The Cloud Whisperer

October 27, 2011

It’s been mentioned before, I believe, but there’s an artist who photographed every sunrise and every sunset in Key West for a year.  At first blush, this appears the folly of an idle man.  In photographing a number of Guam sunsets, however, the variety and transience of a tropical sunset can be most sublime.

The experience has left me with a better understanding why someone would lug a camera into the night for a few fleeting images at dawn – and then repeat the exercise 12 hours later.

It appeared to be a pretty dull day on the sunset front.  Some interesting cloud forms, yes, but with a large amount of cumulus on the horizon, sunset promised to be early – and dull.

Sunsets happen in a matter of minutes here – so quickly the colors change before your very eyes.  The initial assessment was to be proven wrong – very wrong – inside of ten minutes.

I’d been walking away from the sunset for a better vantage point, and caught the color change on the water out of the corner of my eye.

Finding the edge of a paddle boat to steady the camera, photography commenced in earnest.

Coloration when from bright to spectacular,

then making a hard right straight on to sublime.

Sunset photography is beginning to make sense – even though I’m doing it with a cheap-ass $130 camera.

To finish off the evening – a sequence of photos taken all of  about three minutes apart:

There’s a lesson in these photographs, methinks.  One must never assume the ordinary is the order of the day while choosing to live in the moment.

I’m happy to have shared this with you – trust you liked it.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. jeff permalink
    October 27, 2011 11:05 am

    nice pics solider boy. does it rain there much?

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      October 27, 2011 3:54 pm

      Jeff –

      12″ so far this month, 101″ year to date. That’s almost eight and a half feet of rain.

      It rains on days ending in Y.

  2. October 27, 2011 8:52 pm


    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      October 28, 2011 12:52 am

      Cost you a dollar.

  3. Len Bloom permalink
    October 28, 2011 3:07 pm

    I will never get enough of those sunset shots. Thanks again.

  4. dangerboyandpixie permalink*
    October 30, 2011 12:27 am

    They’ve become very important to us – ephemeral and transient. You can’t buy them or sell them; they simply are. Glad you like them.

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