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Fiery sunset clouds over Zimbabwe

These sunset clouds resemble the real dry season fires going on in Zimbabwe at this time of year.

This spectacular time-lapse animation, which loops five times, shows the motion of clouds – speeded up 25 times – brightly colored by the setting sun just after it disappeared behind a hill near Christmas Pass, Mutare, Zimbabwe.

I prepared the video from a sequence of 90 images taken at 3-second intervals from 17:23 p.m. to 17:28 p.m. local time on August 2, 2016.

It gives the illusion that some of the indigenous Musasa trees just behind the summit have been set on fire.

Real dry season hilltop fires also occur at this time of year but are caused by human intervention, not the sun.

The photographs were taken using a tripod mounted Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 compact camera in sunset scenery mode and maximum x 60 zoom magnification.

A real Mutare, Zimbabwe dry season hilltop fire in progress on August 29, 2016.  Photo by Peter Lowenstein.

A real Mutare, Zimbabwe dry season hilltop fire in progress on August 29, 2016. Photo by Peter Lowenstein.

Just after the sun disappeared behind a hill near Christmas Pass, Mutare, Zimbabwe on August 2, 2016.  Photo by Peter Lowenstein.

Just after the sun disappeared behind a hill near Christmas Pass, Mutare, Zimbabwe on August 2, 2016. Photo by Peter Lowenstein.

Bottom line: Time-lapse video of fiery sunset near Mutare, Zimbabwe.

Peter Lowenstein

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