The cloud formations promise an evening show of beauty as the sun slowly dips toward the western horizon. I pause on my evening walk and wait on the banks of Pelican Lake in anticipation of what is unfolding on high.
As I wait I’m surrounded by a squadron of ducks that have frantically paddled over in the hope that I have a handout for them. They are joined by two local magpies then 3 seagulls join the expectant avian crowd, making me feel empty-handed and guilty.
But now the show has started the clouds flush a soft golden-yellow that slowly deepens to apricot and the lake is tinged with copper. The wonder of the setting sun is a miracle of changing colours. I only have my iPhone with me and the battery is low, but for the first time I use the phone camera to take shot after shot. The eucalyptus trees dangle their branches attractively in front with dainty leaves in silhouette as a foreground to the dramatic darkening sky, the distant trees and houses become dark shapes on the horizon.
Then my phone dies.
With the light slowly fading I head home, only a 5 minute walk away. As I sit on the back deck with a glass of wine to watch the final moments of this magical show the sun disappears and throws up a final spectacular display. The after glow turning to vermillion red shot through with deep purple, a wondrous blaze of glory.
Sunsets, like childhood, are viewed with wonder
not just because they are beautiful
but because they are fleeting.
~Richard Paul Evans.
This is a second post linked to the new photo challenge. Lens-artist photo challenge. The theme this week is “wonder”.