I was recently in Brisbane on Friday evening and was so fortunate to witness what I thought was a stunning sunset over the city which has been experiencing rain on and off for a few days that week.
For me this was indeed a golden hour to take this shots. I am moved by the grandeur of nature on God’s earth everywhere I go.
As we travelled upriver towards Toowong I took these shots. Had to muscle my way through the taller people who were eargerly clicking away. There was no time for timidity as I too gently ‘muscled’ my way through a whole lot of jeans and t-shirts to take these shots. But all in all everyone wanted to share these moments so as one lot stood up and swayed towards aft to take their shots the others waited patiently to move forward. The earlier muscling in was after all not necessary so I felt kind of embarrassed but hey it was a do or die situation and I just went for it. What I lost due to size (far from size 28 days but) I more than compensated with my ‘gentle muscling’ at the many swaying midriffs I encountered to take these shots and am kind of amazed I did without being thrown overboard by some (tall giant of a) European tourist. At least I lived to tell my story.
We passed a number of bridges along the Brisbane River when not so long ago the city was under siege of massive flooding.
What a beautiful end of the day this was and I wanted to share these photos of the sunset as we cruised towards our ‘home away from home’ in Toowong.
This was the eve of my birthday as well as the planned opening of the Beyond Pacific Art Gallery the next day, 17th March, 2012 in Bellbowrie.
Wherever we are, the setting sun has a magical aura about it. This is the time when one can find oneself in a reflective mood and I was in that zone. I just took it all in as the City Cat rolled onwards…
Looking back the way we came up river I thought how privileged I was to have witnessed a lovely warm sunset in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It was a wonderful way to end the week and the day.
One evening as we left the office, I was so taken by the sunset and dusk over Fairfax Harbour, I tried taking my shots through the staff bus windows but none of them did justice to the moment. So when we were on the Freeway halfway on our ascent I asked everyone if we could stop so I could take some shots of the unfolding dusk over the Harbour. My colleagues readily agreed, so we stopped by the roadside and these were the photos I took of Fairfax Harbour.
I was looking out of the window over a month ago and seeing this made me gasp. On the window of the building opposite this was what I saw. I’ve called this a ‘sunset painting’ – a painting made by the sunset. This to me was a powerful demonstration of the many beautiful faces of a sunset. This was one of the times I was so grateful I carry around my camera. I carry my small digital camera around because I want to be able to capture my magic moments when they occur. Wouldn’t one?
I found that on a sunny day towards the end of Winter around about 4.00pm or 5.00pm in the late afternoon these are the kinds of stunning patterns that the sunset creates on glass windows, doors, walls etc.
As each minute or second that passed the pattern changed as well as the hue. I found this an amazing phenomenon.
This is not a painting made by a human artist. This is a painting made by nature. This is the miracle of nature to be enjoyed and appreciated.
My office window faces the east and so I see the sunrise and not the sunset, naturally. However, I am blessed for this building which, I have noticed recently, reflects the sunset. At first I didn’t think much of it. But then I started to admire it, especially the reflection from the glass windows of the building opposite mine. Some may say it is just a reflection of a sunset, so what? But as I thought about it some more over a few consecutive days when we had sunny days, I began to realise the significance of it. It is my blessing…yes it is.
Sometimes things in nature happen this way – they can be blessings or misery. I realised how blessed I am because I can enjoy the sunset in the west even though my window is facing east.
We don’t miss out on God’s beautiful handiwork – one way or another we get to experience it. I recognised and acknowledged my good fortune to be able to witness this wonder of God’s creation – a sunset in the east.