It’s getting to be that time of year – on the 27th of February, the sun sets into the sea again. Or, at least, we can see the sun setting into the sea from our verandah on Bequia. From the time between Oct. 27th (Dennis’ birthday) and Feb. 27th, the sun is still too far south and sets behind the southwestern stretch of the island that ends in Moonhole. So the return of sun-into-sea-sets is a time for celebration! Although, any excuse for a party, really… And, truthfully, when you watch the sun set in the Caribbean, you do want it to drop down into the sea, because of the chance of glimpsing a green flash – the wonderful phenomenon that occurs just at that split second the remaining light drops below the horizon. You can read the technical explanation for it here, and if you still don’t believe me, you can view some pretty spectacular pictures here, but really all this just ruins the romantic idea of seeing that blip of a green flash. Who cares what causes it? It’s elusive and unusual enough to be special any time you have the perfect conditions – a clear horizon – to be able to view it.
So here, for Marion, who started me remembering moonsets past this morning with her post on Facebook, are a couple of pictures taken from our Bequia verandah. We’ve never been able to get a clear picture of a green flash. You just need to take my word for it – they are spectacular! We’ve seen many of them, but never tire of seeing another, and they always look that much better when you have a drink in your hand with which you can toast the flash.
We have so many pictures, it’s hard to find the best. (Plus I have been somewhat remiss in not renaming and filing photos, so it’s difficult to find the best right now…) But here are two particularly beautiful sunsets, and one moonset… Enjoy!