I normally share most of my sunset images on my other blog SUNRISE, SUNSET (and Clouds that come in Between), but I am in a quandary about the series of images that I made on Thursday evening starting at 4.52pm.  From time to time I came indoors that afternoon and then went back outdoors, as I didn’t want to miss the real Sunset (when I hoped it would appear).

The sight was so extraordinary as the minutes went by, but my images don’t quite meet my vision of the actual scene.  Maybe they’re not quite worth sharing?

If I can work out which images do portray the sight, I will post them on my Sunset blog, but in the meantime………


It was a beautiful afternoon on Thursday with a (mostly) clear blue sky, but when I went outdoors, I was met by the usual brilliant late afternoon sunlight in Winter (example on the left).

Thursday, half the sky was blue and the other half, to the right hand side of my vision, was filled with dark clouds, but what I found extraordinary, and I don’t know whether you can see this if you only have a small laptop screen, were the leaves on the trees in the foreground.

They were lit up with the sun in such a way that it looked like each leaf was painted with gold paint.  I’m not quite sure that I’ve seen any previous light quite like it (except that another blogger in the Northern Hemisphere, and I can’t remember who, captured the same type of light on exactly the same night).

You might need to zoom in on the lower right third of the image below.  The trees on the top of the hill and main road were in silhouette as I’m looking directly at the sun.

Here’s another shot of those gold leaves (if you can zoom in).  The leaves were a bit brighter (or perhaps more in focus in the 2nd shot).

Talk about sunsets touched with gold.  These were leaves painted gold.  It was only the leaves that were gold, not the trees themselves.

I stood on my apartment balcony and watched the effect for some times and then went back indoors.

…….and then back out again at 5.44pm and thank goodness I did.  The clouds had moved further to the right of the horizon and lower (which would have been to the north or at least N.N.W.)

Such an extraordinary sight with the rest of the sky pale blue.

It looked like the clouds had been painted on a clear sky.

I’m fascinated by clouds and their patterns and movement, not that I know what particular cloud shapes are called.

At one stage the clouds changed colour and you’ll notice one small lonely cloud reflected in the window of the apartment next to mine, below.  We have a 6 foot partition separating each apartment balcony, although I’ve never ever seen people using their balconies on this (road) side of the building.  I think most tenants or owners use their balconies on the other side of the building which look over Frogs Hollow Nature Reserve, the parkland and the Maribyrnong River in the valley floor.

I’m certainly the only person on this side who actually has a garden growing on their balcony.

Maybe other tenants work 9 to 5 and don’t have time (or the interest) in gardening 🙂 or just plain…… arrive home from work in the dark and go out every weekend.


“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.”

Camille Pissarro


    1. Must have been that split second (or two) when the sun catches the tips of the leaves before it actually lights up the whole tree line itself. Perhaps I’ve just never been looking at that exact moment before.

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    1. Yes, aren’t they gorgeous, Candice. They were brighter and more obvious in reality. If I’d been quick thinking, I would have gone indoors and picked up the DSLR with the 150-500mm lens and zoomed right in close.

      I usually just pick up the DSLR with the 17-50mm lens and the Sony ‘mirrorless’ with it’s one and only 55-210mm lens. The Sony captures the best light when there’s strong contrast, but the Canon DSLR & small telephoto captures that small space between my building and the building at the top of my hill. I’m always trying to chop off the buildings as there’s only a small space of open field between them.

      (I like to pretend I live in the country 🙂 ).

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    1. You might be out and about more than me at that time – I’m guessing. Yes, I agree it is beautiful.

      When I lived next to the Botanic Gardens on the south-east side of the city I was more mobile (and comfortable about walking home in the dark), so was more likely to catch sunsets from various locations. Back in those days, I also carried an excellent penlight LED torch in my backpack for dark places.

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    1. Luck, Jane. Sheer luck 🙂
      I’m surprised I’ve never seen that particular gold leaf with black background’ before. When you think about the hundreds and hundreds (maybe 600-650 times in this apartment alone), I’ve watched the sun go down, you’d think I’d have caught it before wouldn’t you. Maybe I was walking home, watering the garden, or even, looking the other way at this time of dusk.

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    1. Thank you Julie. I’m so glad to have passed that on to you, but do remember that many of us are blind to the miracle of nature.

      I think it was the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh who really taught me to appreciate nature. I often say it was having a good camera, but the reality is that I had an awareness way back when I my first books of his on the Miracle of Mindfulness.

      “People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child—our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”
      ― Thich Nhat Hanh

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  1. Beautiful captures, Vicki. It seems to me as the days grow close to the equinoxes, the sunlight’s angles at the beginning and end of day shine uniquely in a lovely way. You’re heading for spring as we grow closer to fall. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Eliza.
      To be honest, the images in this post don’t quite capture the magic of the scene, just a glimpse. I think you would have have to have been here to truly ‘see’ the light shining from those golden leaves and the strangeness of such heavy clouds in such a large blue sky.

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