This is a scene where the name 'Bay of Fires' really comes to life in every aspect. As I mentioned under one of the previous photos, the name actually refers to the Aboriginal fires spotted by the early explorers in 18th century. However, I would be more than happy to apply this name on basis of a great evening that we experienced there in January. The colours in the sky combined with the red rocks made for an amazing spectacle.
The beauty of this location is that it can provide great photographic opportunities at sunrise as well as at sunset, which is often unusual on the east coast. If you can believe it, about an hour before I took this photo there was just about not a cloud in the sky. I first went to the lonely tree to see if I could use the warm late evening sun to illuminate the area surrounding the tree and take some photos facing east.
Soon I noticed a hint of the cloud 'tentacles' that you can see extending over the sky in this photo. This gave me some hope for a beautiful sunset and it only got better from there. I kept shooting around the tree while keeping an eye on the progression of the light and clouds as it got closer to sunset, before switching over to face the west. I had a quick look when we arrived for possible sunset compositions and I knew that there were plenty of great spots around so I knew that I could leave it till late to move locations.
This was probably the best sunset that we have witnessed since our trip to South Australia a year earlier. In fact, it was one of the best that we have ever seen. The change of light form gold to red was spectacular and it lasted for quite a while as well. When I get into my photo mode and I am in my own separate photographic mind zone, it always tends to feel too short. However, on this occasion I was able to take few different shots in various directions and I could also take in as much of this sight as possible.
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