Luminous Sky Calligraphy over MtLawleyShire

Clouds are an integral part of a magical sunset and these, in the east and the south-east, were wonderful examples of Sky Calligraphy.

These two are pre-sunset clouds – with their own magic and waiting to be transformed by the lowering light:

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It was fascinating to watch this cloud transform through the range of colour as the light descended:

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This swathe of cloud was intriguing

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and the East was striped by lines of cloud that resembled distant waves

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& finally – with explosion of Sky Calligraphy from the south=east as the last of light departed the sky

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A Summer Sunset over MtLawleyShire

It start gold and uncertain

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swathes of cloud offered promise

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and soon became great sweeps of gilded cream against the wash of crimson on the western horizon:

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and the light lowered, the sweeps of cream became gold and powerful

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dominating the sky in powerful washes

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as the light departed, they deepened into waves across the sky

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a desert upended

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rolling and rich

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the sky washed clean light blue and green is a wonderful contrast against rich reds and golds

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and across the evening, the ibis flew home

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even in detail, the sky retains the sand dune appearance

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as day departs, the hues alter, become richer, more vibrant,

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luminous

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the untidy tatters of neon pink to the north-west contrasted with the red golds of those sweeping clouds

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but all things end, especially sunsets and as light departs, it gives a rich gift, deepening the colours

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changing them in some areas to crimson, and leaving the sky beneath the tattered veil of receding crimson and red, almost green and pale blue.

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All clean for the next day.

Apocalyptic skies over MtLawleyShire

This is not sunset.  This is at least half an hour before sunset, and I think it is actually smoke from a fire up north.  It was a very hot afternoon which the temperature going up as the hour grew later rather than tapering off.  The temperature peaked at 37 degrees celsius at 4.30 pm, and it didn’t go down below 30 degrees celsius till well after midnight.

and the sun was struggling:

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the sky looked like a painting from one of the Old Masters

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The drama and painterliness of the scene enthralled me:

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It almost looks as though the sun has created a concussion in the smooth running of that great cloud:

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closer shots of sun in cloud and just clouds:

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As the cloud gained more strength, as the sun sank towards the horizon, the colours paled, the drama was subsumed into the inevitable:

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Shots of the entire sky, with all the colours of late afternoon and deep sunset all in the one place:

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This sequence, as one part of dense cloud looked as though it was a wolf swallowing the sun:

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The sun is fighting the cloud:

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a moment of startling drama:

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As the sun was swallowed entirely, there was another sense of painting – Turner-esque and soft with the rays of light fighting out:

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The sky devolved into blues and whites with touches of colour:

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and at the last, when sunset had been swallowed, a view of the clouds and delicate colours looking down William Street towards the city:

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Today is it (finally) raining, and there is heavy cloud.  I’m not sure there will be a sunset, but the rain and the coolth of the world is lovely 🙂

The Eastern Sky of the Intriguing Sunset over MtLawleyShire

The Eastern skies were luminous with moisture laden cloud.

Ibis were stark against the wash of pink and gold as they flew home across the south-east

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this is me playing with shapes and lines and distant ibis 🙂

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But there were great bulwarks of cloud:

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and river falls of virga illuminated by the light of the sunset:

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great cloud structures:

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and an overall spread that went from pinks and oranges to incandescent pinks:

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and these – towering in the eastern sky;

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an astonishing sunset, from the eastern skies to the west!

 

 

A slow MtLawleyShire sunset

After an oppressively hot day, the late afternoon clouded over.  It looked like rain, but there was none, although it was much cooler:

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a group of ibis flew across the clouded sky towards their roost:

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and in the west, the sun was shrouded, casting a ring across striations of cloud:

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As it sank lower, it was reflected in, then seemed to bend the clouds, creating interesting shades amidst the layers:

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A hint of colour, sullen embers marking the meeting with the far horizon:

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barely making a reflection in art deco windows:

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I waited a few moments, but the day became duller.  I returned inside, uploaded the photos, checked outside and

OH!

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The sky had exploded into late opulence:

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flaring crimson waves of light:

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an upturned desert of red:

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and it began to fade into purples and pinks:

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washing the lower part of the sky:

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leaving a luminous glow far down on the horizon:

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Reflecting the heat, but hopefully not for tomorrow.  This was a selection from what was a remarkable and beautiful sunset, from subtle to outrageous 🙂

A sky of mourning over MtLawleyShire

A sunset mired in the haze of bushfires several hundred kilometres from the city.  The light was strange, and later, constrained to merely the sun itself.

The smoke haze blew in from the south and stretches up to Geraldton, hundreds of kilometres of the north of the city.  Suburbs, houses and streets were filled with it, and the smell of smoke is disturbing, regardless of knowing the fire itself is some distance away.

As the sun began to sink towards the horizon, the light changed and made a lovely glow on the tortured branches of this solitary gorse:

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The colours were wrong for so early in the day:

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Sunset shades well before sunset and the sun a glowing orb:

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It was really difficult to adjust the camera’s light levels, but I got some nice effects:

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Then the sun began to sink into the thicker layers of haze and took on a reddish aura:

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From a distance, the layers of haze were visible:

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It sank further and became crimson:

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the crimson deepening as it sank into an ashy ending of day

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till finally, there was merely a sliver of crimson, a barely visible wound in the smokey gloom.  No reflections, no glory

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just emptiness and the remains of great forest trees hundreds of years old, rendering all the endangered animals and birds homeless, without food, without hope.

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Even the waning moon was bloodied by the death of forests:

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though later, she rose above it and shone clear through the clear ceiling of sky, leaving the polluted atmosphere of summer behind.

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It will be the same this evening.

MtLawleyShire witnesses Sunset at the Beach

It’s a rare thing to venture so far from my environs at sunset time in the middle of the week – and to the edge of teh world?  The beach?  Well, the occasion was lovely and the opportunity not to be missed.  But a sunset out of MtLawleyShire!  An ‘un-urban’ sunset!  How would I cope? 😀

The afternoon moon smiled down as we made our way to one of Perth’s most loved beaches: Cottesloe.

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After drinks and chat, it was time for sunset.  Elsewhere in the city, further south, there were storms.  They hadn’t happened here yet and I was sure sunset would be naught but glare.  How wrong I was.  There is something sublime watching the sun set, unhindered by the silhouettes or an urban environment, though even here, human-made silhouettes are present: the ships in Gage Roads, waiting to get into Fremantle Harbour.  And I loved the light play of cloud strips:

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These are a little out of sequence, but I loved using the Norfolk pines that grace the suburban beaches:

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The moon was gilded by the golden light spilling across the ocean

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And the sun sank towards someone else’s dawn:

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I caught a seagull 🙂

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And as the sun is pulled further below the horizon, the red glow of its farewell spreads:

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In the darkening sky, the moon comes into her own:

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But all the drama is far to the west:

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Almost fully dark and the moon takes on the uncompromising white and black – no shades of grey or gold:

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But the western sky flames:

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In the eastern skies, there is the serenity of uncomplicated white in black:

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and in the west, finally, the light softens and calms with the last shades of farewell from day:

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A last view from a hotel window:

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and there is nothing left in the night but the quite beautiful moon:

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I hope you enjoyed my excursion to the edge of the world 🙂