A DAY THIS WEEK

A day this week began with the moon rising through the clouds:

Sadly, the cloud cover brought no rain. It must be the inevitable dust particles in the air that contributed to this sunrise in the morning:

Both of these views are from my bedroom window. As the day moved on, so did the moon complete its arc and was nearing the horizon by the afternoon:

Not long afterwards, the western sky was lit up as the sun sank below the horizon. This spelled the end of our walk as it was time to turn for home:

A JUNE SUNSET

The sun sets soon after five o’clock these days, so one has to be quick to catch the glory of it:

A little further along the road it looked like this:

By the time we had turned the corner a minute or two later, it was gone!

LATE WALK

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:

I so enjoyed seeing them walking towards us that I simply had to take another photograph before they passed by:

In this picture, the sharp-eyed will see not three dogs but five!

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.

TOXIC SUNSET

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.