It has been a while since I posted a sunset. Not because there haven’t been some beautiful ones – there have been – but this one was so unexpected.
It is the end of winter, and there have been inconstant clouds and many of the sunsets of the last few months have not ben what you’d call spectacular.
This one was the same: heavy grey cloud towards the west and a line of gold:
The cloud began thickening and I thought it was going to swallow the sunset as had happened for the last few weeks, even as the colour grew richer:
I thought, seeing as there was an almost full moon, I would scamper home and change the lens so I could photograph the moon at least.
And these were the only shots I got as the cloud was now piling in from the south-east:
the sky looked little different in the west, except – the colour was spreading:
then exploding into a glorious glow!
then the clouds caught on fire:
flaming light rippling out across the undersides of the clouds:
firing the entire sky:
the range of colour, the richness of it!
shadows across the clouds enhanced the flame colours that picked out their texture:
& slowly it faded, the luminous air darkening almost imperceptibly
then the darkening blue from the east began to claim more and more of the sky, pushing the light back towards the western horizon
it faded to luminous glows and greys
till it was nothing more than a memory across heavy clouds presaging rain and storm for the following day.