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’.
Sunsets are romantic! Whether you are a nature lover or a technocrat, the beauty of sunsets is undeniable. I’m sure there is no one who hasn’t said “wow” after watching the glorious sundown. The magical view of the setting sun and changing colours of the sky never get old! Here is a series of sunset pictures captured at Santa Cruz, California. Watched the sunset along with roosting pelicans and cormorants. I was surprised to notice a peculiar feature- after the initial stages, there was no golden reflection on the water!! I have no explanation…
Aren’t sunsets beautiful? A glorious moment of the day!! It is delightful for photographers to get that perfect moment, when they are capturing the glory of a setting sun. Sunsets are among the most beautiful things we’re lucky to see almost every day. That beautiful mix of colors lighting up the sky is just breathtaking!! Enjoy these sunset scenes captured at Point Reyes National park beach, California. “Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.” Wishing all a Happy and Healthy New Year!!
Witnessed these sunset scenes at Lands End Lookout in San Francisco.
The winter sunset started at an early hour. Clouds could not suppress the glory of the phenomenon. And what a glorious finale it was…though the dipping orange ball was not visible in its entirety! A close look will give you a glimpse of the sun in the horizon, through a gap in the clouds.