Feb Photo 8 – Sun
Since the beginning of time, the Sun has fascinated, enchanted and even scared the inhabitants of Earth. The Aztecs and the Mayans prayed to their “Sun God”, wars have been fought to appease the Sun, many cultures have drawn the Sun in their hieroglyphics, or even burned it into the skin of their children.
In more modern times, however, a lot of these traditions have faded away into folklore.
Now we simply write songs about it (George Harrison – Here Comes the Sun, 5th Dimension – Aquarius / Let the Sun Shine In, Beatles – Sun King, and the list goes on), Sit with our special someone to watch the sunset, sun-bake our bodies under its harmful rays, and as children we draw the sun wearing sunglasses and usually smiling.
Although the Sun has not changed since the dawn of human existence; it is still the same ball of flaming gasses, it is the same distance from earth, give or take a few, and it is possible to set your clocks to it, in relation to its position in our sky, I would say with confidence that every sunset is unique. Whether it is viewed from a beach, a forest, or even a built-up populated city, every single evening is a different experience.
This cold be attributed to the surrounds of the viewer (trees, water, buildings, other people etc) or perhaps due to cloud cover, introducing its own pallete of colour to the experience. Regardless of the reason, I believe that every sunset is unique, and as a unique daily experience, it should be acknowledged and looked upon in awe of our overall miniscule existence.
This photo was taken on the rocks at the beach at Lorne, Victoria, Australia. I was camping down that way for a week, and almost every night was spent on the beach with dinner, enjoying the food and the company, whilst gazing upon a different set of colours each night as part of a truly heavenly light show, and at no charge. In the top of this image, the moon is visible, simply waiting for the sun to put an end to its brightness and allow the moon its time to shine. The only manipulations done to this photo were enhancing the blacks and darker shades in the rocks, and minor level corrections. This is how we saw it on this particular night. The next night was different again.
Every sunset is unique.