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    There was nothing unusual about the sunset this evening.

    Coming out of the supermarket I put down my bags for a few moments to take it in. The sky in the west was still bright blue. Out over the sea there was a smattering of clouds, their undersides an improbably pure pink. Somewhere behind me the sky was dark and the brighter stars were becoming visible.

    Displays like that are almost a throwaway gesture in these parts.

    Yesterday was a different thing entirely.

    The city had smelled of smoke for a couple of days. Leaving an appointment in Fremantle I could see it pouring from the hills. The law provides for accumulated undergrowth to be burned off. The thinking being that it reduces bush-fire risk. The smoke was accumulating and was thick overhead.

    Driving the coast road is always a pleasure. Yesterday the view was obscured by the smoke. And it was especially beautiful. Behind the smoke the sun was large and blood-orange. The same colour spread towards me in wedge from the horizon over the sea. Most of the sea was dark, but at and close to the horizon there was a band of brilliant white.

    I had to remind myself not to look at the sun.

    After about 30 seconds I didn’t have to, as the road had veered inland and we were deep in traffic.

    Same time next year?

  • #2
    And you were listening to this on the ghetto blaster perched on your shoulder?

    https://www.discogs.com/Hakobune-Wat...elease/4260657

    Nice observation. Sometimes it's hard to slow down enough to notice those moments, let alone write about them.
    "White paper inner sleeve is pristine ..."

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    • #3
      As The One Show was on last night I watched the setting sun between the blocks of flats opposite. By about 8 o'clock the sky was mostly a pale orange topped off with a thick band of mauvey-purple - very nice



      North of the River Cole

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      • #4
        I don't often bother with music in that car. It is too old and noisy.

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