This is part of a daily writing project in conjunction with photographer Sarah Tesar. For every day of May 2017 I will be writing a short piece inspired by Sarah’s daily photos as posted on her Instagram feed.

Photo © 2017 Sarah Tesar

The speed of a sunset tells it all. No doubt there’s science behind how the sun seems to rise and set far quicker than it crosses the sky. Even if it’s all in your head, there’s probably an explanation.

But sunsets aren’t about explanation. The joy of it has nothing to do with science. The alchemy of it all – the colours, the focused sense of time, everything – it’s about the moment.

It’s never the same twice. Each moment is unique. The shades of clear sky can develop in any given palette. And the clouds only make it all the more splendid. The way they ripple and roll the colours, blending and morphing and shading and fading. Such a rich phenomenon.

It goes beyond the sight. Even with closed eyes, you can feel the sun set. Before you know it the light is beneath the horizon and the air is cooled. Such a clear-cut signal to finality. The passing of the moment. Your eyes and your face relax, no longer straining to stare into the fiery glow. But yet you miss the warmth. At least for now.

At least until the sunrise.

© 2017 Andrew Hall Writes


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