Monday, 13 April 2009

Day's end on the windward side

Living on the east side of an island doesn't typically lend itself to being able to take nice sunset shots, especially when there are two 14,000-foot volcanoes in the way and the trade winds pile up low-level clouds against those mountains. Occasionally, though, we do get some spectacular sunsets.

This evening was one example although I can't remember the last one! I almost missed it as well. I just happened to look out of the window at around sunset and saw the most spectacular sky. So, no tripod or filters, just some snapshots in an attempt to capture the amazing colours from my lanai and garden.

According to the observers I spoke to at the summit of Mauna Kea the sunset from up there was amazing. I wish I'd been there to see it although I've seen my fair share of sunsets and sunrises from the mountain over the years! Well, I'm up there again tomorrow but not on the night shift this time, I have some work to do during the day. I'll take the camera but am not sure if I'll have time to take any photos. We'll see though, but it's time to hit the sack as it's an early start tomorrow morning.

No time to pick the best shots so a quick collection of the ones that look good to me so far:

Looking to the north-east from my top lanai.

Out on the dirt road looking north.

From the lanai again. I love the trees but they get in the way sometimes!

Back out on the dirt road taking a picture over my neighbour's house. I hope they didn't mind.

Same place, but the usual Hawai`i photo of palms at sunset. No ocean or beach I'm afraid!


Zuzana said...

Amazing Tom!
The top one looks like a laser beam shooting through the sky.;))
I think you have enough to make a wonderful book.;)
I will mail you the picture later today as it is on my home computer.;))

Andrew Cooper said...

It was a beautiful one yesterday, so much so I pulled over on the upper road to watch the Sun do the final plunge into the sea. This time of year finds me commuting home during sunset along a road with spectacular views. Quite a contrast to my old commute of city streets and a dozen red lights.

Tom said...

Andrew - at some point I'm going to have to book a night or two into a Kona hotel just so I can watch a few sunsets and the ocean at the same time - and hopefully take a decent photo. I can do sunrises here but we don't have the beautiful beaches and palm trees that Kona has!