Chasing sunbeams

Recently, we were invited to attend a farewell function for a friend who was retiring from work. The dinner was being held some 600km from where we lived, so we were on the road for quite a while – travelling to the Central West of NSW. (For those not that familiar with NSW (Australia), this area about 4 hours drive west of Sydney).

We were nearing the town of Cowra at dusk, when we were treated to the most amazing and spectacular display of sunbeams, chasing each other across the landscape as the clouds moved across the evening sky.

Sunbeams light up the valley in specific places

Sunbeams light up the valley, but only in specific places

The road does a wide circuit around a valley floor and we were up on the eastern rim – and followed the circuit for about 20 minutes, all the while being teased by the skyshow to the west. We were running a tad behind our schedule, but could not resist stopping frequently and capturing a few more photos as we drove along.

Photographing sunsets can be tricky – bright light in a darker surround often results in disappointing images. And I think sometimes mother nature puts on a tantalising, spectacular scene that no camera can do justice to – the event simply has to be absorbed and remembered!

Flowering canola crops are bright areas in the valley

Flowering canola crops are bright areas in the valley

This time, there was no time for tripods or trying to get the light right, so I was delighted that the sunbeams were so well captured in my photos.

Sunbeams on the very distant horizon (except for one!)

Sunbeams on the very distant horizon (except for one!)

Autumn in Bruges has posted a musical challenge – chasing the sun. We certainly chased the sun that evening, and thoroughly enjoyed the rewards. These photos seemed like a good response on this challenge!

How lucky were we to be in the right spot at the right time and what a lovely start to what was a most delightful evening!

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4 Responses to Chasing sunbeams

  1. scrapydo says:

    I think it would have looked spectacular , your photos show a lot of it. Nature is wonderful to look at.

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    • Madoqua says:

      I have never seen anything like it. Sometimes you see a sunbeam and it is really beautiful, but to see so many at once and have them move about like that – awesome!

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  2. Nortehanon says:

    I love, love the 2nd and 3rd photo. I love how a light source up in the sky seems to be “selecting” which part of the valley is to be lit up. Very interesting. It is always nice to chase the light 😉 I do that very often here in my country. The golden hour is so ideal to photograph.

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    • Madoqua says:

      Nortehanon, you are so right! It’s as if the areas under the sunbeam were specially selected to be lit up. It must have felt a bit storage to be in one of those spots, particularly if you were on an edge and could see light and ‘shade’ on the ground at the same time!

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