The drought that has affected Mutare and Eastern Zimbabwe for most of February has enabled many glorious sunsets to be photographed at a time of year when it should be raining nearly every day. The pictures on this page show not only the setting sun but also brief glimpses of fair weather flight in front of it including circling swallows and a light airplane. Added interest includes some sunspots, a cellular telephone network repeater station tower, and in the last image a lone cumulus cloud which has a golden lining, radiates crepuscular rays and casts a broad dark shadow in front of some more distant irridescent clouds.
All were taken between the 11th and 25th of this month using a hand-held Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ 60 compact camera in either intelligent auto or sunset mode.
Dr. Peter Lowenstein has contributed many beautiful and fascinating images and stories to EarthSky. Trained as a geochemist, he spent his early years with the Geological Survey of Papua New Guinea, specializing in metals and volcanoes. In 1989, he moved to the Zimbabwe Geological Survey as Chief Economic Geologist and has lived and worked in Zimbabwe ever since. Peter is now retired to Zimbabwe, in a house with a beautiful view in Murambi East, Mutare, where he pursues favorite hobbies including construction of electronic gadgets, listening to music, gardening, surfing the Internet ... and photography.