Awesome sunset over MtLawleyShire. Sat Jan 24. #2: the beginnings

Sunset proper began with brilliance and swirling cloud:

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then momentary glare drowned out details as the sun blazed forth

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but it was short-lived, declining it gilded the clouds, their edges turnings gold against a shadowed rose

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There was a sweetness to that glory.


But that was not the end of it.  From the north came a large cloud, and others smeared the brilliance into spun gold

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and intense glory


then, returning to another vantage, I noticed something was happening with all the clouds


And something interesting was happening with the washed rose and gold

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that great grey cloud from the north-west dipped into the gold of the flaming horizon:

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Even from a distance, there was something intense about the concentrating of colour and cloud shapes:


Closer, it was nothing that gave rise to any expectation

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but that great lowering smear of cloud began to assume more significance

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Then the clouds began to explode:


Next: the sunset through the exploding clouds


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