Friday 12 February 2010

ever changing skies

The last walk on my beaches before heading inland for a (romantic) weekend.

12th Feb10, Embleton Bay, 7:30 am

An early start meant that I caught the sunrise, possibly for the last time until October as the dawn breaks ever earlier until in June it's at some silly time in the middle of the night (if that's not an anachronism).

It was dull at the point of sunrise. Thick clouds from last night's rain still on the horizon. Soon the sun reached a point where it suddenly beamed through a gap in the clouds and went on to rise above all opposition and into the blue sky. Turning for home meant that we faced a different picture altogether with a significant shower passing close enough to give a magnificent rainbow against an inky sky above Embleton golf course. The rainbow was a double in places; the 2nd arc dimmer and with the colours reversed (not in the photo). Despite being a scientist in a past life and understanding the physics of this optical phenomenon, I do like to just stand and enjoy one of nature's most beautiful spectacles.

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