12 December 17: Chasing sunsets

A few years ago, my second-in-command and I took up the pursuit of sunset-chasing. Arriving back from school, it dawned on us that the sky was offering up something special that night: the perfect sunset. We’d drop everything, jump in the car and drive down to the Thames in the hope that we hadn’t missed seeing swans and bridges silhouetted against the fading light. As I photographed this delicious peach melba sunset yesterday (top left), something dawned on me. Whilst part of me yearns to freeze the moment before colour gives way to darkness, I also feel that it’s having a stopwatch on the whole process that makes it so beautiful. The fact it won’t be there in a few minutes makes it all the more spectacular and precious. Seen any memorable sunsets lately

Martha, The Colour File x

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