Friday, May 8, 2009

Sunset over the Free State

It’s no surprise that once again I’m posting sunset photographs on Skywatch Friday. The sun, in the final eight minutes (I timed it!) before dipping off behind the horizon, is at its most exquisite in the Free State during the winter.
When the sun first starts to "go down", the colours are silvery gold,
quite cold looking, in fact.
I took all the photos from a fast-moving car. I was travelling back from Kwa Zulu Natal to the Free State after spending a weekend with my d.i.l., Debbie and three grandchildren. And no, I was not driving (LOL!); I was sitting in the back of the car snapping away, I wound down the window every time I saw a good photo opportunity. The temperatures in the Free State had dropped overnight which meant that the other passengers and I froze while I took the photos! I kept apologizing and they graciously told me to keep taking photos.

Gradually the colour of the sun and its rays, turns to bright gold

Later still, the sun really looks warm
And then it begins to turn a deep golden colour

The sun looks like molten gold spread across the horizon

I think the discomfort was worth it, don’t you?

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  1. Absolutely wonderful series of photos. Great job. I'm glad to have enjoyed them in the comfort of my home, but would have gladly suffered a little cold to see them.
    Especially if I was rewarded with some Butternut and Feta Soup. :-)

  2. These are excellent sunset shots, great post.

    Have a great weekend
    Regina In Pictures

  3. Thanks James;) it really was rewarding. Yes, the Butternut and Feta soup would be a treat after the cold. The weather has warmed up considerably but I think we're in for a cold front next week. Then it will be winter in the Free State.

    J Bar;) welcome to my blog, thanks for the kind words.

    GuyD;) thanks and welcome to my blog. Enjoy your weekend too.

    Regina;) thanks for popping in. Your comment didn't show but I know you're always a blessing to me.

  4. What a beautiful series! Once you start skywatching, you're never the same again!

  5. Thanks Esther! And yes, THANK YOU for pointing me to Skywatch. I;m having so much fun. (((Hugs)))

  6. Hi Jo. You have nice skies. Great shots really.
    Did it rained the last time?
    Have a great weekend!

  7. Thanks Regina. No it didn't rain that time. Just turned cold. Blessings for your weekend.

  8. Hi again Jo, I'm happy to tell you that you have been chosen or tagged as they say for new blogger encouragement. Follow my link back to my Dallas blog for more details. :-)

  9. What a stunning series of shots! Just beautiful.

  10. Wonderful photos! You certainly get some lovely skies.

  11. Hi James;) Wow! thanks. I'm off to follow the link now

    Debbie@Like a Rose;) Welcome to my blog. Thank you for your kind comments.

    Gennasus;) as always I'm honoured by your comments. We are truly blessed with the most glorious African skies winter and summer.

  12. Hi Debbie ;) If you read here again, please let me know how I can comment on your blog. I've visited you but am unable to commentl.


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