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Fiery forest sunset

November 19, 2013

Contrary to first glance, this is not a forest fire; just a blustery afternoon sunset with a hint of snow on the way. The sun sinks down behind a ridge of trees with a blaze that reminds us that it is, in fact, a vast ball of flaming gas and not merely a nice yellow circle in the sky.,19.11.13-1


Forest fires are not unknown in Scotland, by the way. As the temperature drops below freezing, however, and an icy rain starts to slick the roads, the risk feels very distant indeed.,19.11.13-2

Compare a stormy sunset in midsummer (more than five hours later than today’s dusk) in After a storm.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. November 20, 2013 3:38 am

    Wow, that does look like a forest fire. Nature is amazing.

  2. boyd hussey, (Douglas Ontario Canada) permalink
    November 20, 2013 5:45 am

    thetown where i was born was raised by a forest fire when i was but 2. my father had gone to war and was waiting in England for D Day. they are fearsome awesome beautiful things.

    • November 20, 2013 11:32 pm

      I can’t imagine what that must have been like for your mother. I’ve experienced fires but nothing on that scale, thank heavens.

      • boyd hussey, (Douglas Ontario Canada) permalink
        November 25, 2013 2:55 am

        it took me many years to realize what a tremendous thing she had done. funny (not) the things we take for granted from mothers.

  3. November 20, 2013 2:09 pm

    The first photo is incredible! That is a really menacing sky – I don’t think it would have delighted many shepherds! I was watching the sun rise this morning over the Pentlands, and reminding myself that we are orbiting this star – it is an astounding thing to reflect upon!

    • November 20, 2013 11:36 pm

      It really was electrifying: we were all standing gawping out the windows until sunset. Sometimes a sunset or sunrise, or star-gazing, reminds us of what we have learned about the vastness of space and our tiny spinning planet…and makes us feel very small indeed. And a bit dizzy.

  4. November 20, 2013 7:03 pm

    Those colours are wonderful, DB, and the second photo does hint of frost and cold, despite the fiery tones.

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