Dusty Sunset Over Sicily

October 22, 2021


Photographer: Teresa Molinaro

Summary Author: Teresa Molinaro

The photo above features a dramatic sunset on June 18, 2021 after a very hot summer day. Although I was at 3,117 ft (950 m) above sea level, immersed in the splendid Madonie Park, even here the heat was heavy and annoying. I was hoping to find refreshment in the green of nature and luckily around sunset the temperature began to be more bearable. I waited for the sunset because I anticipated the suspended Saharan dust would enhance the colors of the Sun, giving the sunset an African flavor. At around 8:30pm local time the Sun was preparing to go down behind the horizon, and it seemed that it was plunging into the houses of Polizzi Generosa in the heart of the Madonie. The spectacular colors of the sunset are due to the Saharan dust disproportionately scattering shorter wavelengths of light, thereby giving the sunset a reddish orange hue.

Photo Data: Nikon D3400 1/250s, F/8, iso 200, lens 450MM


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