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bubba

Pedro started this thread more than a few many many moons ago.  Strolling through it this morning and it is magic! 

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RyManUtah

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I just discovered this thread. It’s beautiful. Here is my contribution. 

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RyManUtah

West Bay, Grand Cayman. 

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West Bay, Grand Cayman

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West Bay, Grand Cayman

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Georgetown, Grand Cayman

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Silas_Sancona

A few.. of many wild sunsets over the summer.  While Monsoon season was a bust, "Sunset Season" was anything but. Infact, Summer 2019 might be the best i have seen since moving here..      Again, i'll let you be the judge as we go along.. 

For now, i'll ask you this : How do you prefer your sunsets?.. tame?   ..or wild??.. 

Kicking it off, a few pics from this past June, as Summer, and Sunset season began..  Thinking it's gonna be a good season.:winkie:

Some Desert Dust
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Off to a good start..
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Silas_Sancona

July heat + start of Monsoon season = Epic sunsets.. but first,

While not a sunset, a couple pics taken early one morning that demonstrate just how dramatic our skies can be at almost any hour this time of year..
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Epic July sunset sequence, the opening act.
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Night #2..
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Silas_Sancona

Epic July sunset #3 Interesting feature seen here:  When circumstances are right, in this case a shower or storm being at just the right position above the horizon, as the sun sets.. falling rain, snow, or hail ( usually liquid precip. ) can be back lit by the sun in a phenomenon called a  "Curtain of Fire" First time i have seen a nice example of it here in the Desert.  Many years ago when i lived in Kansas, passed through a more extreme example on my way home from work one evening. Wish i had pics. Really vivid examples are something you never forget when witnessed in person. 
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Skipping ahead a bit, on a few evenings with few or no clouds in the sky this summer,  there were extra colorful sunsets, especially notable around mid August.  Turns out it was a surprise infusion of both Volcanic Dust from a couple smaller eruptions half a world away, and Smoke particulate circulating high into the Stratosphere providing extra vivid color at this time.  Headed toward the end of August, this enhanced color saturation would help create some truly unforgettable sunsets. Looking toward the center - right hand side in the second picture, you can see a decent example of high altitude Crepuscular rays, aka: shadows cast by distant clouds, or mountains.
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Silas_Sancona

While July's sunsets were good.. Wasn't quite prepared for what was to come in August, especially toward the end of the month. As mentioned at the end of the last post, the surprise infusion of smoke and Volcanic ash particulate circulating high above would help to create some of the best sunsets i have seen here, and in quite some time.. anywhere else. 

Seemed like the sky decided to pull out all the stops, so to say, almost nightly, all month.

July 31st sequence
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August 2nd,  Nice enough, Just Wait 24 hours..
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The 3rd... Perfect example of an epic Arizona Sizzler..
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August 10th.. Starts out ordinary. Nice, but nothing special... Won't soon forget the end..  Nice, dramatic example of distant cloud shadowing..
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August 22nd.. Because who doesn't like Blueberry colored clouds.. Has that " Charlie and the Chocolate Factory " kind of look, imo.  Can it get any better this month??  Oh yes it can..
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Silas_Sancona

Last sunset of the month..

This might be "the" sunset sequence of the summer.. let alone one seen the entire time living here.  Had been anticipating a chance of storms all day but nothing really materialized overhead. Good stuff was brewing down by Tucson where some big, high- topped storms had been bubbling up all day. Wasn't sure if anything would make it up this way but debris clouds from collapsing storms might create another good sunset.

This is one of those times i wish i had a much better camera as the tops of these storms were so high that they filled the sky from overhead to the horizon and without an extra wide angle option, it was impossible to capture the scope of how big these storms were as they approached.  Put in perspective, while the leading edge of the Anvil is passing overhead, base of these storms is just moving into Eloy, down by Tucson.. 
  As the sun set, there wasn't a position above that didn't present something interesting. Sunset finale would last so long tonight that it would be pretty dark  before the last hints of color disappeared from the sky.. and in an odd direction, due east. Tried to grab a couple pics but too dark to take anything good w/ this camera. Wayy too grainy.  Later on, these same storms would generate a decent electrical storm as they moved over head.. Not much rain though.. While not all that great a picture, tried to grab  pics w/ lightning as the storm headed toward the north east side of town.  One crazy light show for sure... Guarantee the camera i use will be better next time...
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Good try, I'll nail it next time..
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tropicbreeze

Actually a sunrise, not that anyone would know without being told. But with so many cloud free mornings this season it was good to get a nice bit of colour reflected in the sky this morning.

Also, squadrons of Magpie Geese moving in to demolish the remaining Mangos, which is not so nice.

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RyManUtah

Was a good one tonight. 
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RyManUtah

I bit before the last one. DA43A2E5-C5FC-4A50-B234-08DDBCDFF0E0.jpeg.a3bf5b3f6395c23fe659f85a340e9ad7.jpeg

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I like to catch them when there are actually clouds. Makes interesting colors. 

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greysrigging

When mother Nature puts on a show in Darwin ( last night and coinciding with the highest astronomical tide of the year at 8.1m ), well even 'point and click' photographers like me can capture a good shot or 2
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Silas_Sancona

First good sunset sequence of the year.. and a pretty wild way to open the season at that. 

A good omen..
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Show Time!
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..'En  Fin, for today at least..
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Enjoy,
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doberso

Cristobal,That is sweet!

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tropicbreeze

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Silas_Sancona

From last night:
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Silas_Sancona

 Tonight's somewhat subdued, but otherwise decent Sunset.

If we don't hit 90F tomorrow, and do on Wednesday.. would be the latest first 90 deg day in 25 years.. That said.. still currently forecast to clock out first 100F of the year by Saturday / Sunday, which would be a week or so ahead of schedule ( May 2nd is average for Phoenix ).. Could go above that by the start of next week for a day or two.  Fitting since i saw the first flowers of the season on some of the Saguaro planted by our local mall earlier today.
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Silas_Sancona

" Part 2" ..from the "Ready, Set, Scorch" thread in the Weather Section..  When i asked for Sizzling summer sunsets, didn't expect to see anything on this level, so soon.  Regardless, As mentioned, If a preview of the "Season" to come, i'll take it!..

While the first few are pretty nice.. The last few are something i'd anticipate seeing while living in Kansas, after especially strong, Tornadic-type storms had passed through, not here in AZ.. in MAY.

As the sunsets, things get wild.. especially as this " Gravity Wave " induced inflow line (  string of developing Cumulus along the north- moving outflow ) passes to the north, and the 40-50K high Anvil is opened up to the setting sun.. Mammatus Clouds anybody?  Only thing keeping the colors from being more intense is another area of clouds tempering the setting sun far off to the west in Southeastern CA.
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Well after the sun has set, it just gets even wilder..  Took these while running to the store and getting something to eat. Camera may not capture it all that great, esp. while driving, but you get the picture. It is close to 8pm when these are taken also. FYI, a seasoned storm chaser knows how to safely take pictures while driving:winkie: Were a few small trees down in a couple spots where i stopped to pick up dinner.
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Good stuff so far, just hope it's not a disappointing tease.

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cisco

In Finland 9 pm. A.alex 'Beatriceae'

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Silas_Sancona

While the 2020 Southwestern Summer Monsoon season has been a bust, there have been at least a few decent sunsets this summer.. Still a few weeks to go before Autumn, and the end of Monsoon season arrives.. so maybe there will be a few more.

The final " Sunset " cuts of summer 2020..

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Add some smoke, even better..
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Last of August..
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greysrigging

A Darwin sunset from the Yacht Club on Fannie Bay
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jimmyt

Absolutely stunning pictures everyone! :yay:

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Silas_Sancona

A few Autumn season stunners trying to make up for a lackluster summer.. Always interesting how wildly a sunset can vary day to day.  Examining a little closer, ( and looking back over the " Monsoon 2020 " thread ) you can see the neighbor's Chilean Mesquite, which had suffered blow down over the summer, lost it's battle against the elements. Not sure when the last big section came down, let alone what caused it to snap ( been quiet here ) but was hanging  up against the tree the day before Halloween.  Neighborhood " Chop-scapers " came through and finished it off.. Taking everything remaining down, but leaving the trunk. We'll see if it recovers in the spring. Wide open sky is great for now.. Won't be come June, no matter who lives here.

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Halloween night.
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Election night..
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Tracy

I haven't had my housing out in the water for a while now but before Go-pro's and drones, I used to swim out mostly in the early morning to shoot surfing and sunrises.  Sometimes I did afternoon sessions as well, which presented another set of challenges on the West Coast and shooting into a setting sun.  This was one January swell here in San Diego with the cliffs on fire with the setting sun's golden light.  The second photo I snapped as I was swimming in as the sun sets over the Pacific.  The best sunsets locally are in November, December and January, so maybe it's time for me to get out the housing and camera body that goes with it again.

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Tracy

Leucadia bluffs sunset tonight.  Warm weather, negative tide and a little bit of swell draws people to the beach.

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