Inconveniently sat just where we wanted to go, this Cumulonimbus Cloud was on the approach track to Ho Chi Minh’s runway 27R at sunset yesterday evening. Luckily, with it being isolated like this and not particularly large, we were able to pick our way around it and land without too much trouble.
As the sun was setting behind this dissipating thundercloud, an ice crystal halo cloud reflected and refracted the fading light. On the balcony of our Bali accommodation, a single potted flower and the adjacent, tiled rooftop could be nicely silhouetted against this spectacular backdrop. (Well, if you contorted yourself into uncomfortable shapes between the furniture to make the angles work, it could!)
I’ve been looking for a while for a good place from which to photograph this bridge. This particular spot was about twenty metres off the edge of a nature trail; thirty minutes’ walk from a bus stop, through the undergrowth and across a steep water catchment run-off. I think the effort to get here was worthwhile and I hope you agree!
In a way I’m lucky that I’m not at home every evening. I’m even more lucky that not every evening that I am at home, is the weather dry. Best of all, there are very few evenings when I’m at home, the weather is dry and the sunsets are this good. Just imagine how much Pimms and Lemonade I’d otherwise get through, whilst watching this sort of spectacle from the balcony!
Sorry, it’s another sunset, over another piece of ocean, in another part of Asia; I’ve no excuses for posting it!
Given the beauty of this sunset over the region of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, who wouldn’t want to claim ownership of them. The problem is that ownership is claimed by Vietnam, The Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and, despite it being over 500 miles away from its nearest other territory, China. On first glance, other than the beautiful views, there’s not much worth arguing over; it is just a bunch of sparsely populated reefs, atolls and islands. However, potential oil reserves of 10 times the proven reserves of the USA and natural gas reserves equivalent to the Gulf state of Qatar skew the arguement somewhat! In the past 40 years, some 130 soldiers have been killed in minor skirmishes in the region. The future looks dangerously uncertain.
Back in March we took a short trip to Tokyo and were lucky enough to be on the top of the Mori Building for a beautiful sunset. As the sun was going down, film crews and large telescopes started appearing on the rooftop. Not being keen astronomers, we had no idea that this was supposed to be the perfect opportunity to view the comet Pan-STARRS. We helped search – fruitlessly – until we got too cold and went off in search further entertainment (at which we were a lot more successful – see a later blog) The ‘small’ bump on the horizon, about a quarter in from the left of the image is Mt Fuji, some 100km away!