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Alpenglow!

We have heard about the ‘afterglow’ very often.
The afterglow is an intense red or golden glow of the western atmosphere long after sunset, when most twilight colors might have disappeared.
I was curious to know about the glow seen in the eastern sky after sunset and got this information that I am sharing here, along with my photographs.
This glow is ‘Alpenglow’!
During sunset on clear evenings, the atmosphere around the horizon opposite of the Sun appears as shades of orange and pink. The pink color is due to the sunlight that is shining through denser atmosphere near Earth’s western horizon, and reflecting off the atmosphere on eastern side. This reflection back towards the observer is called backscattering. It creates a pink and orangish stretch near the eastern horizon. The same light is often seen on mountain tops at sunset and hence the term ‘Alpenglow’.

San Francisco Financial district in the foreground
Alpenglow on the south-eastern side of the Golden Gate Bridge

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Golden hour!!

The glorious hour before the sunset, when the entire skyline seems to glow is Golden hour.
I was lucky to witness this awesome phenomenon at the Golden Gate, San Francisco, when the burning golden ball of sun was dipping in the Pacific Ocean.
The evening was clear without fog, giving a fascinating view of sunset.
The sun lingered on the horizon for a minute or so….and then dripped over and was gone….!

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Glory at Golden Gate!

These are the sunset scenes at Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco.

Generally it is difficult to get a clear view as Golden gate bridge is always covered in fog. The shots are taken from Berkeley Marina. Third picture shows Golden Gate Bridge.

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