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Fiery, fiery sunset

By fotobee  
Tulbagh South Africa. This is one of the handful of truly fiery sunsets we get every year. It is caused by a high cumulo stratus layer overlaid by a much lower layer of nimbus clouds. These clouds only appear over land, and we are at a sufficient distance from the coast to leave a clear gap of about the sun`s disc, between the bottom of the clouds and the sea. When the sun sinks sufficiently to reach the gap, it illuminates the bottom of the clouds with this glorious molten orange colour. This only happens for about 30 seconds, before the clouds return to their normal grey. This is because when the sun reaches the clear gap, the lower limb is already touching the sea, and it takes about 30 seconds to sink below the horizon. Luckily I was in just the right position to snap it, (The upstairs verandah window) but the camera had on the 105 Sigma macro lens, and I did not have time to change it. In retrospect, it did the shot no harm. PS There were no filters used

Thank you Steve, for awarding my "House gecko" with your prestigious award, it is much appreciated ! Thank you also to all who looked at, voted and commented on the photo. This does much to encourage this old man to go out and try to do better next time !


Tags: Landscape and travel Fiery sunset

Voters: nrzam, cats_123, wrighty76 and 21 more

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cats_123 Plus
17 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
13 Apr 2016 5:17PM
Burning bright 😁
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
13 Apr 2016 5:35PM
What a stunning sunset, Martin, the world is on fire Smile
barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2016 6:03PM
never seen anything quite like this..
impressive in every way
13 Apr 2016 6:13PM
Wonderful the sky is really on fire.

Patty and Teddy XX SmileSmile
Coen 8 5 South Africa
13 Apr 2016 6:35PM
nice one Martin.
13 Apr 2016 8:46PM
A Stunning Sky , Martin ! SmileSmileSmile --- Jukka.
Mollycat Plus
7 21 2 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2016 9:58PM
Call out the fire brigade Martin, the sky's on fire.
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
14 Apr 2016 12:50AM
Spectacular sky, Martin.
ColleenA Plus
8 471 7 Australia
14 Apr 2016 11:21AM
You don't get much better than this Martin, spectacular...

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