All of the images in this post were taken on the same evening, at the same spot (perched on a cliff in Darwin) within about 30-40 minutes of eachother. I can all but guarantee you have never seen anything quite like this.
Those of you who know much about my time touring Australia will know just how unlucky we were when it came to finding beautiful sunsets. We were rained off at Coober Pedy and Uluru, and clouded out in the Grampians. It actually took us all the way to Darwin to catch one (and even then we didn’t make it to the beach in time). But still, we managed to watch a sunset like nothing you’ve ever seen before. (The image above actually belongs somewhere near the 5th image)
So the first picture from this epic experience. A bit bright and glary, I know. I’m not a professional photographer, I point at what I want to take a picture of, press the button and voila! Well, I did back when I took these.
It didn’t take long for me to find a pretty little boat sailing past the sunset, as you can tell from this picture. Sadly it wasn’t quite as well aligned as I’d have liked, you know, with me being halfway up a cliff and the boat being at water level. I still enjoyed trying to get the snap though.
A short while later after the sun was almost beneath the horizon we started to see a wicked amalgamation of colours. Sunsets are supposed to be red and orange, right? Apparently not. Purple and yellowly goodness right here!
Our little perch (as I mentioned, on a cliff) meant I couldn’t get past the excessive shrubbery to take clear shots, but personally I think the grass adds to the effect.
I actually turned around as the sky started to become a little more pink, and ended up with this surreal shot. It looks like it belongs in a post apocalyptic zombie movie, but I dare say this is one of my favourites (and I think the only photograph where I’m facing away from the sun).
The next one is my absolute favourite. I have no idea how this happened, or where all these colours came from. At this point the sun was beneath the horizon which lit the clouds up. Is it just me or does this picture resemble a watercolour painting? Unbelievable!
From here on out it started to get much cooler. The further beneath the horizon the sun set, the more darker purple and blues we witnessed.
The final sunset view:
The message behind this story? Don’t run off as soon as the sun disappears, that’s when the sunset really starts. Oh, and Darwin has some damn beautiful sunsets if you care to go and watch them, you might as well – it’s one of the best things to do in Darwin, and you can spend an evening down on Mindil Beach.