Sunset On Christchurch Bay


A lilac dawn made way to grey skies for most of the day which, because of the need to stay in for the Central Heating engineer, I spent reading an intriguing novel on which I shall report when I have finished it, probably tomorrow.

Within two hours of his being called, Vince visited, pronounced the death of the leaking radiator, went off to buy a replacement, and fitted it. The unpleasant smell has receded as the carpet has dried.

There not being a second to lose, a few minutes before sunset Jackie’s little Modus hurtled us down to Hordle Cliff car park to capture the constantly changing phenomenon over Christchurch Bay.

Sunset 1Sunset 2Sunset 3Sunset 4

These shots looking West were,

Cloudscape 1Cloudscape 2

interspersed with those to the East, taken in rapid succession.

What is fascinating about these sky-scapes is the difference between the western view containing the sun, and the eastern facing it.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s choice chicken curry, an egg paratha, vegetable bhajis and samosas, with savoury rice. My meal was supplemented by The Dorset Naga Chilli & Smoke Garlic Jam, that Mother Claus had placed in my Christmas stocking. The Cook drank Hoegaarden and I drank Kingfisher.


  1. I so love the colours of these photographs with my favourites being the first two and the last one. Ah this time you had some of my favourite food from one of my countries 🙂

  2. And you can head back and photograph the moon rise. 🙂

    I appreciate the east/west view of sunsets. I spent many hours sitting on buses in outback Australia and one of the delights is to see the views from all sides. My favourite is when you see one colour in front of the bus and a different colour in the rear vision mirror.

  3. Derrick, you captured amazing sunset and beautiful sunrises. The way the clouds have been affected by the temperatures here has also moved me. I have been trying to drive out where buildings won’t hinder the views. 🙂

  4. Too beautiful for words, and samosas sound so tasty, it is some time since I have eaten them. I used to make them when children were small. Regards.

  5. The image including the beach huts is most intriguing. The huts themselves are usually painted with vibrant colours, making attractive (if, these days, predictable) abstract photographs with contrasting bright palettes. Their colours here, in shade, is an interestingly novel variant.

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