Now this isn't an unusual occurrence for me but, in recent weeks I haven't felt like drinking so, as I get back to health this was special. It was after 8pm and the sun had set.
Looking West to the hills the sky above was glowing with peach/apricot colours which gradually merged into varying blue tints ranging from pale to deeper blues.
|I'm glad that the cellphone image doesn't capture how beautiful the sight was as it is much better to experience it in real time.|
The otherwise clear sky was broken by unmoving grey cloud to the North-West that had the effect of framing the glowing sky to the West.
A crescent moon was showing to the West (in the poor image of the photograph it is to the left of the cabbage tree) and Venus was proudly displaying above. Magic.
The vegetation to the left of the deck (both ours and the neighbour's across the fence) were in silhouette. The water in the bay right out to the greater harbour was as still as a millpond. It was full tide and there wasn't a breath of wind. The boats at moorage were as still as sentinels.
The only sounds to be heard were cicadas and other night creatures. The holiday makers had all left for home. As the glowing Western light diminished other white house lights could be seen twinkling around the bay and in the distance the orange lights of the Whangarei suburb of Onerahi became evident.
As the Western light further dimmed the crescent moon strengthened and Venus began to shine out like a spotlight. The incandescent blue colour of the sea began to blend with the already dark hills beyond allowing the twinkling lights of the settlements around the harbour and surrounding bays to be seen.
As night closed in, the clear skies, now dark, allowed the myriad of stars to reveal themselves.
It made me glad to be alive.
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