Thursday, February 25, 2016

Thin high clouds

The other day, we were out having a very late lunch. On our way home, we happened to notice a promising bright yellow glow in the southwestern sky. It made us rush to the sea hoping for another sundown spectacle.



We arrived at the park on the Ruissalo island just on time to see the last rays of sunshine glittering on the windows of the seafront houses on the Hirvensalo island across the strait.





At first, it was the yellow sunset that kept our attention. Soon we couldn’t but turn our heads to the other direction as we realised everything else was starting to turn light purple and pink.




We were mesmerised watching the magnificent show for half an hour or so. 




On that day, the sunset had been unusually spectacular throughout the southern parts of the country. One of the TV channels later published a meteorologist’s explanation. The reason was that the area was covered with thin high clouds. Those let red colour through but filter all the other colours. The cloud layer had been so thin that before sunset the sky may have even appeared all clear at some places. 



So you never know what youll get at sunset by simply looking at the sky. There might be some invisible thin high clouds ready to bowl you over. Weren’t we lucky to be on the spot of this spectacle, once again out of a happy coincidence.


12 comments:

  1. Oh my. What a spectacle. That last photo is amazing with its range of colours. We have been having good sunsets but yours go beyond! Keep them coming! Bx

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    1. When driving away from the seaside we had to stop one more time by a field to capture the last shot.

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    1. We certainly got more than we were hoping for.

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  3. Extraordinary photos - I love the contrast between the orange glow and the pinkie purple both exhibiting together.

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    1. Finally the pink and purple shades reached the orange ones and we were amazed.

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  4. You were so lucky to be out and able to capture it! Those colours are amazing and how they changed while you were watching them. I love the sunlight on the houses. Sarah x

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    1. No longer having a job does have its advantages.

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  5. i'm so glad i came upon your blog! i love your photos and the simple beauty that's captured in every day life! :) looking forward to living vicariously thru you, kinda!

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    1. Welcome, Dorothy! I'm happy you found your way here.

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  6. I love sunrises and sunsets and so often forget to look behind to see how the light reflects on the buildings or nature behind me. Your post has reminded me to do that and enjoy the reflections on the windows and walls. Have a wonderful Sunday x

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    1. I am most pleased my little post was somehow helpful.

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