I must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed this morning, because my first thought when I saw this sunset in Betty’s Bay was not of its beauty. I immediately pondered at the common belief that polluted heavens make for a picturesque sunset. Am I just bearing witness to the never-ending war between nature and the gases from aerosol cans and those damned taxis? No. Even though I am seeing light deflected by molecules in the air, these are primarily oxygen and nitrogen. Overly dirtied air would have made as drab a sunset as perfectly clean air. I am still observing the full glory of South African skies, and how uplifting that realisation is.
- Nightjar Junior