Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Sunset Series, 3

The disappearing sun is about to drop below the horizon as it paints the clouds a deep crimson.

On very rare occasions, when the sun drops into the ocean there is a green flash. It is an optical phenomena that lasts for a second or two, caused by the reflection of the sun's light in the atmosphere.

My wife has seen the green flash in California. We have not seen it in Costa Rica. I have seen the green flash only once, and that was in the Cook Islands of Polynesia. Someone on our Solar Eclipse cruise there actually captured it in a photo.

When the sun disappears below the horizon, the sunset is not over, as I will show in the days ahead.

This week we are showing photos of San Xavier del Bac Mission, the White Dove of the Desert, outside Tucson, Arizona, on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

6 comments:

Kate said...

Darkness is shortly ready to settle in!

Sharon said...

The sky looks like it is painted in this photo!

Jarart said...

Almost gone now! This picture makes me wonder what sounds accompany this sight. I know there must be sounds of surf, but what bird sounds would I hear as they make their last calls of the day? I can only imagine.

glenda said...

This is very beautiful.

Jack said...

That is a pretty amazing sky, Dave. You get great Costa Rican sunsets and I'll bet they are also pretty nice in Scottsdale. We rarely get skies as dramatic as this in Hartford, because we are inland and very heavily developed and heavily treed. The sun disappears behind trees or buildings long before it approaches the horizon.

Glenn M said...

I love this scene at playa tamarindo thanks for refreshing my memories

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