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Sibonga sunsets

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As you heard a few posts back, on December 23rd last year I wanted to see what the sunset along Sibonga’s waterfront might look like. What put the idea in my head was that on December 15th we’d been at the town square not far from the shore and I’d taken a few sunset pictures on my iPhone, including this one:

Late in the afternoon on the 23rd we walked out to the tip of the pier that juts into the Cebu Strait. Here’s one of the first pictures I took of the developing sunset:

Twelve minutes later, the view east toward Bohol had turned a pleasant rosy blue:

And six minutes after that we saw a more orange view looking west, back toward the town:

Notice how shades of gray distinguish “layers” of hills.

© 2020 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 22, 2020 at 4:40 AM

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  1. ……oh my, oh my. You’ve given us a serving of gorgeous today, Steve!


    February 22, 2020 at 7:35 AM

  2. You capture so many different aspects and so many different moods through the progression of one sunset, Steve. I am impressed.

    Peter Klopp

    February 22, 2020 at 8:38 AM

    • The sun, sky, and clouds will have to get the credit: all I did was wait and raise my camera every now and then. Admittedly, not all sunsets go through as many phases as this one did, so my patience paid more than one dividend.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 22, 2020 at 8:45 AM

  3. Just awesome!


    February 22, 2020 at 9:34 AM

  4. It was your judgement in what to shoot that makes the shot, though. I particularly like the rosy-blue one.


    February 22, 2020 at 9:56 AM

    • That accounts for part of it, it’s true. You and Michael (below) singled out the rosy-blue view.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 22, 2020 at 10:47 AM

  5. The colors on the vertical shot, especially, are delicious.

    Michael Scandling

    February 22, 2020 at 10:41 AM

  6. The first photo’s appealing. The combination of the pink and orange remind me of conversations we’ve had about the willingness of different cultures to combine vibrant colors in a way less typical of our society. Perhaps they’re only following nature’s lead. The silhoutte of the tree’s unusual, too. It seems lacey: probably because of the different kinds of foliage hanging from it.

    As beautiful as the changing sunset is, I was even more taken with the water. It looks like a perfect night for sailing: flat water, consistent breeze, and only a light swell. I can hear the water shushing away from the bow of the boat — but it’s too cold for that here tonight!


    February 22, 2020 at 6:24 PM

    • It was the extra foliage adorning the tree limbs and “irregularizing” their outlines that made the silhouette so attractive to me.

      Ah, you would relate to the water, and in ways that I can understand but not feel, having had almost no experience in boats.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 22, 2020 at 8:52 PM

  7. I like the first image quite a lot. The leaves and limbs in silhouette really accentuate the sunset colors. The Bohol sky is a lovely collection of soft pastels.

    Steve Gingold

    February 23, 2020 at 8:18 AM

    • I thought that first one was pretty good for an iPhone photo. We’d gone down to the plaza to visit a relative, so I was fortunate to have the phone with me. Days later, I had a lot more control taking pictures from the shore with my real camera.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 23, 2020 at 9:28 AM

  8. I will never tire of a beautiful sunrise or sunset. These are nice! I like the abstract quality of you phone image.


    February 23, 2020 at 12:42 PM

    • I rarely get sunrises, but I’ve had my share of good sunsets. As much as I like my good camera equipment, sometimes the iPhone works fine—and it weighs a whole lot less.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 23, 2020 at 5:24 PM

  9. The color changes are pretty amazing, and the contrasts between the phone sunset through tree branches and the others is another reminder of the endless variety in sunsets.


    February 23, 2020 at 2:05 PM

    • There have been a few times—I remember one in New Mexico—when after the apparent sunset things darken and then there’s a second sunset. That wasn’t the case here, but my waiting paid off as the single sunset metamorphosed through several color schemes.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 23, 2020 at 5:28 PM

  10. […] the Philippine island of Cebu, here’s an account of a barking dog and an abandoned baby in Sibonga, which happens to be the home town of the Lady […]

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