Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sunset in the East!

A few weeks ago (when it wasn't quite so cold!), I was walking the dog and noticed the beginning of a sunset - but it was in the east, not the west.  In the west the sun was setting in a cloudless sky, but in the east clouds were catching the descending rays of the sun.  At any rate, I hurried home to get my camera.

I only had time to stand in the backyard and take some pictures, as it was rapidly getting darker.  This is a view east from the house.

The sunset stayed with us for about 10 minutes before fading out.  Perhaps this isn't just a sunset, but the phenomenon of 'alpenglow', the sun lighting up something in the east as it sets.

And perhaps it's a little like the 'Belt of Venus', a pinkish glow a little above the eastern horizon as the sun sets in the west.  But I've often seen that, and it happens without any clouds in the sky at all.

It was more subtle than the brilliant sunsets we sometimes get in the west, but never-the-less, it was a beautiful pink 'eastern sunset'.  I don't think I've ever seen this so obviously before.

It was -29° (-20°F) this morning here, with a wind chill forecast of -35.  But then our son the pilot called to scoff at our cold temperatures, reminding me of when he flew cargo into isolated villages on the shores of Hudson's Bay, and the temperature would be -40°C, with a windchill of -60.  I guess it's all relative!

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29 comments:

  1. Wonderful shots of the sky. I know you have to be cold as there is snow everywhere.

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  2. Stunning colors and a beautiful sunset! Lovely images. Have a happy weekend!

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  3. The colors you captured are stunning on your blog. It was interesting to see how the snow changed along with the sky.

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  4. awesome photos! you're like me, I usually either take my camera everywhere I go or I rush home to get it lol

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  5. Very pretty . I have seen this before here , it is the sunset rays bouncing off of the atmospheric clouds called Polarization. Both the polarization and the colors of the sky are created by light from the sun "scattering", the technical word for light that is "bounced" in random directions by matter. I believe this is what it is ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  6. Such a beautiful sky, how nice that it lasted as long as it did! The colors remind me of Lady Fi's Swedish sunsets. Maybe one has to be that far north and/or that cold to enjoy those beautiful shades of pink, blue and lavender in their evening skies.

    Stay warm & cozy! It's been another balmy day here in northern Wyoming (mid 50's and sunny) - and though the temps are supposed to plummet by Monday, who'd have thought we'd be warmer than places like Atlanta, GA and Nashville, TN??

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  7. I love a pink/blue sky like that - my favorite. : )

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  8. Wonderful capture of the reflected sunset!

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  9. Such beautiful colours in the sky. Lovely

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  10. Beautiful, and wherever we are, cold is still cold, no matter how cold it is!!!

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  11. Lovely pink sky! Nice captures. We have alpenglow here, but it refers to the pink glow on the mountains after sunset.

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  12. Great skies and wonderful colors! Very cool 'Eastern sunset'!

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  13. This looks so beautiful..
    Glad you ran back and captured this.
    Happy weekend.

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  14. I've never seen that effect so clearly before - perhaps because I'm always looking the other way! Lovely warm colours for a cold evening.

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  15. You were still able to capture the most of its beauty. Pink skies, wow, how lovely it is to end a day with this kind of view as the last sight before dark.

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  16. Lindas fotos, gosto muito do céu nessas cores!

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  17. We've had a few eastern "sunsets" around here, too. I am amazed sometimes at how brilliant it all gets. Your pictures are wonderful! :-)

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  18. The sky is eternally interesting. I think one could make a life's work of doing nothing but capture the sky in photographs or painting.

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  19. brrrrr, it is all relative but i think your son still wins ;)

    i see purple in those beautiful skies!!! and a little advice, never leave home without your camera!!!!

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  20. Awesome sunset. It certainly is cold there. No wonder you left your camera at home.
    JM, IL

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  21. That's nifty. I love it when the lights seem to come from somewhere you know they can't be.

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