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well I had big things planned for tonight as I headed North to a little spot that offers long, generally unused beaches as far as the eye can see. It was about 1/2 an hour before sunset and the sun was hidden in a veil of soft cloud giving a beautiful misty yellow glow over the land, I was sure this was the perfect setting, calm water and long empty beached..I had the perfect shot in mind and was getting close as the strong yellows began to fade..I just knew tonight was going to be a stunner.

So parked the car, got my gear ready and headed over the dunes to this sacred spot and stopped dead in my tracks at the top of the dune…. It looked like WW3 had taken place between the seaweed and the sand and as far as I could tell…the seaweed had won !!!…NO !!!!. I stood for a moment in disbelief..Typical I thought…driven all the way here only to find my pristine beach with this little patch of rocks completely hidden by 30 tonnes of sludgy smelly sea fodda…I was not happy..was there enough time to get back to any other spot that could do this sunset justice. I raced back…within the speed limit of course !!..but the rich reds began to illuminate the sky and I was no where near my normal stomping grounds…I had no choice…Ocean Reef Marina was the only thing close by so it was there I headed….

As you can see it was a feast for the senses but I had for the most part missed the many light changes … shortly after this and just a few other shots…it all faded away…

Next time I will make sure of my destination !!!..famous last words !

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  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaover 4 years ago

    I really love the long expanse of beautiful sky here, Jonathan. Always love your narratives, too. This is an amazing image. Great work

  • Thanks for the lovely comment Maureen…:))

    – Jonathan Stacey

  • Mark Robson
    Mark Robsonover 4 years ago

    Wonderful image Jonathan, stunning colours :))

  • Thanks Mark..:)

    – Jonathan Stacey

  • facade
    facadeover 4 years ago

    The perspective and depth is unreal… good stuff! That 10mm lens sure is w i d e.

  • Cheers Brad…can honestly say it does not leave the camera..I love it..!

    – Jonathan Stacey

  • shazart
    shazartover 4 years ago

    What an amazing expanse of beauty Jonathan!

  • Thanks Shaz..:)

    – Jonathan Stacey

  • Qnita
    Qnitaover 4 years ago

  • Thanks Qnita..:)

    – Jonathan Stacey

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 4 years ago


  • David Firth
    David Firthover 4 years ago

    Those colour are quite nice! A feast for the eyes :)

  • Thanks David.

    – Jonathan Stacey

  • Andrew Murrell
    Andrew Murrellover 4 years ago

    A wonderful Sunset, the colours are amazing and the composition compliment the sky

  • Cheers Andrew..:)

    – Jonathan Stacey

  • Karlientjie
    Karlientjieover 4 years ago

    LOL Jonathan every photographers nightmare… did a wonderful job in this anyway – all was not lost!:)x

  • Lol…All is never lost Karin, there’s always “A shot” to be just might not be the one you originally planned !!!…Thanks for stopping by..:)

    – Jonathan Stacey

  • Joni  Rae
    Joni Raeover 4 years ago

    LOL…I know that feeling…the race against time…You got the shot you were supposed to get and it’s a gem! hugs, joni

  • Lol..Thanks Joni…there’s always “A shot” to be just might not be the one you originally planned !!!

    – Jonathan Stacey

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