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Reflections of volcanic sunset in Africa

Aerosols from Calbuco Volcano in Chile – which have colored sunsets in parts of the Southern Hemisphere since April – provide rare glimpses of unusual beauty.

View larger. | June 3, 2015 photo by Peter Lowenstein in Mutare, Zimbabwe

View larger. | June 3, 2015 photo by Peter Lowenstein in Mutare, Zimbabwe

Here in Mutare, Zimbabwe, we are still being treated to spectacular volcanic sunsets caused by patches of aerosols from the April 22, 2015 eruption of Calbuco Volcano lingering in the stratosphere. Some evenings the sunsets are almost normal, with not much color, but on others they are still amazing. On June 3, I happened to pass by the swimming pool as a spectacular twilight arch was developing and managed to capture two perfect reflections of it in still water.

The pictures were taken just six minutes apart and provide two rare glimpses of unusual beauty.

If you like these, you’ll also enjoy the two time-lapse videos of similar sunsets I posted on YouTube in May. You’ll find them at the links below:

Amazing Time-Lapse of Volcanic Sunset in Zimbabwe on May 14

Time-Lapse of Volcanic Sunset Twilight Arch, Zimbabwe on May 26

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View larger. | June 3, 2015 photo by Peter Lowenstein in Mutare, Zimbabwe

Bottom line: Reflections in a swimming pool of volcanic sunset on June 3, 2015 in Mutare, Zimbabwe – created by Aerosols from Calbuco Volcano, which erupted in Chile on April 22.

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