What a beautiful sunset!

On a recent trip to Ibiza with my son and his girlfriend we went to some caves in a cliff by the sea whose claim to fame is that from the terraces which they have created and turned into bars (obviously!) you can order your tipple of choice and sit and gaze out to sea  as the sun, by now a huge red ball,  slips out of sight behind the horizon. People go there in droves and actually applaud this natural phenomenon which, of course, happens every evening, everywhere in the world.  Naturally, you experience it differently according to your geographical position – think Norway ! think Africa ! But when you see people appreciate a sunrise or a sunset like this you can understand why so many cultures worshipped sun gods.
Details of the Aztec god Huitzilopochtli, deity of war, sun and human sacrifice,  are pretty gruesome. The story goes that, so as not to have any competition, he  had to murder his many brothers and his one sister (by ripping her heart out) and to survive he needed human blood,  those offered up for sacrifice being slaves and captives.
I prefer the Icarus myth myself!  I wasn’t very keen on history at school, but I did enjoy our lessons about Greek mythology – for example, the one about Icarus, who flew too close to the sun and perished.
I wasn’t very interested in science either  but I did like learning about the solar system – perhaps it was the 3D model we had at school that inspired me.
Scientific data about the Sun are mind- boggling and the time scale involved in the changes it has undergone are measured in billions of years – apparently, its diameter is 109 times that of the Earth, it will exit its main sequence in 5 billion years’ time and turn into a red giant;  before the sun’s energy exhausts itself it will intensify and the Earth will become hotter than Venus –  but as, like I say,  all this is 5 billion years hence most of us cannot relate to it or see its relevance to our own existence.
So I’ll concentrate on the pure visual delight a sunset  provides:
a great way to photograph a sunset is where you can see it reflected – in the car window or the roof(some great warping effects! I suppose it helps that my car is silver coloured) , or in water  – the sea, lakes or fjords  – or here in Herefordshire in the rivers – but having some trees in the image will provide interesting silhouettes,  and  clouds in another part of the sky absorb the pink glow of the sun and look like giant pieces of candy floss.
Of course, it’s frustrating to be bowling along a country lane, spy a great sunset across the horizon, look for somewhere to park, and eventually find a lay-by only to see that it’s surrounded by a  15 foot hedge! Sunsets are ephemeral things – one minute you see a spectacular, stretch of glowing sky – five minutes later that spectacular stretch of glowing sky has morphed into something else – sometimes better but often disappearing without trace!
Vocabulary of a sunset:  ‘reflected’ ‘ glowing’  ‘mackerel’  ‘misty’ ‘pastel’ ‘incandescent’ ‘silhouettes’  ‘streaks’ ‘stripes’ ‘fireball’ ‘watercolour wash’   – all descriptions that come to mind with the different sunsets I see – and they can be very different – depending on atmospheric conditions like gathering storm clouds etc.
Here are a few of the magical sunsets I’ve seen just travelling home
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Herefordshire Art Exhibition 2015 September 12 – 20

I am Sue Fernández. My medium is digital photography. This year I am very pleased to be exhibiting some of my photographs at a new venue in Ledbury –  that  hub of creative endeavour and a long established  showcase for hArt-logo-SM which devotees  enjoy every September.
This will be my third hArt-logo-SM Exhibition, this time alongside nine other artists and makers, whose work includes lampshades, small scale sculptures, embroidery, lino cuts,  handmade books, paintings and photographs.
Susan Melvin and her business partner, Frances Beavis, will be providing the venue, a brand new space – completely refurbished and  ideal for exhibitions and workshops and just in time for hArt-logo-SMwhich is held every year in September – it’s just around the corner so pretty soon you’ll be seeing those  familiar pink hArt-logo-SMroad signs – they point you in the direction of the venues and will also have individual venue numbers on them.
You should already be able to pick up a printed guide for this event from many retail outlets, tourist  information points and libraries to help you plan your hArt-logo-SM adventure.
hArt-logo-SM is part of the ‘brightstripe’ organisation  so you can also visit their website and download an electronic copy of the guide  – just go to www.brightstripe.co.uk
Details of our exhibition in Ledbury are listed in the ‘Extra Exhibitions’ section of the hArt-logo-SMguide  – check our opening times there as they may be different from other venues
So to summarize:

  • hArt-logo-SMruns from Sep 12 to Sep 20, 2015
  • we are Venue 86
  • we are called hArt-logo-SMat Studiocrafts, Ledbury
  • we are open from 10 am to 5 pm daily (but CLOSED  Monday 14th Sep)

Come and have a look round – there will be some great work on display and you will be able to talk to the creators of that work.
Oh, and I nearly forgot!  There will be cake!!