A day this week began with the moon rising through the clouds:
The sun sets so much earlier these days, before half past five at the moment. We drove up to the old golf course to enjoy the last rays of the sun from the top of the hill and found that many walkers were already beginning to leave. The dust from their vehicles hung thickly in the air and was highlighted by the setting sun.
If you are very sharp-eyed, you might spot two people standing in the distance (left of centre) with a dog between them. The golden dust is indicative of the drought – there is beauty in everything if you take a close look.
Also catching the last of the sun were these dogs walking ahead of their walkers:
They bounded along followed by their cheerful walkers as we all made a circuitous way back to our vehicles and home before darkness crept over us all.
We are frequently blessed with beautiful sunsets in our part of the world. Occasionally though we could happily do without them – especially when they are toxic sunsets such as this one.
Do not be beguiled by the pretty colours for this is no ordinary sunset. This photograph taken five minutes earlier reveals part of the source of the beautiful hues: smoke!
The sunset is certainly spectacular.
Now look at what is behind it. This smoke is coming from our municipal dump which has been burning for days.
The thick smoke funnels down the valley, filling the air with noxious fumes. Residents complained to little avail.
These photographs were taken at the weekend. The National Arts Festival began here yesterday and – hey presto – we have a beautifully clear sky and sweet-smelling air once more!
NOTE: Click on a photograph for a larger view.