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New Zealand: our best sunset

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I believe the best sunset on our 2017 New Zealand trip was the one we watched in Napier on March 4th.
The first view is one of the few pictures I’ve ever shown here that includes the moon.

The fiery follow-up came just a minute and a half later, so I assume I aimed in a different direction.

©2020 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 4, 2020 at 4:38 AM

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  1. it is nice to see the moon looking so serene, in the midst of all this conflagration.

    Robert Parker

    March 4, 2020 at 5:34 AM

    • Shakespeare called the moon inconstant because of its phases. Sunsets are even more so because of how quickly the light and colors change.

      It occurred to me that the burning of a nation’s banner is also a conflagration.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 4, 2020 at 6:14 AM

      • Ha! Good one. 🙂
        And if a forest firefighter singes his arm, while putting out a some flaming undergrowth, he experiences warmth during an inferno.

        Robert Parker

        March 4, 2020 at 8:54 AM

        • And if I can turn etymological, the nfer in inferno is the Latin cognate of the nder in native English under, hell being conceived as a fiery place beneath the earth.

          Steve Schwartzman

          March 4, 2020 at 10:33 AM

  2. Wow! It must have glorious being there!


    March 4, 2020 at 7:11 AM

  3. Magnificent, yet scary, since the images remind me of the sunsets we used to have when the forest fires were ravaging large areas of our province here in Canada!

    Peter Klopp

    March 4, 2020 at 7:31 AM

  4. You really captured some dramatic clouds. Robert’s right~it is nice to see the moon serenely riding out the evening amidst all that activity up there.


    March 4, 2020 at 8:39 AM

  5. Without context they become abstract.

    Michael Scandling

    March 4, 2020 at 10:01 AM

  6. The first photo is so evocative, and capable of stirring emotion. Its delicacy and simplicity brought to mind Radka Toneff’s version of “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress”. The song and the image are a perfect match.


    March 4, 2020 at 9:34 PM

  7. The moon works so well in the corner of your top photo. The sky amost looks aflame in the bottom image.

    Peter Hillman

    March 5, 2020 at 3:51 AM

    • I wouldn’t normally even think of the moon being part of a sunset, so the first picture was special. I agree with you that the second sunset has a flaming quality.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 5, 2020 at 6:54 AM

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