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:
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.
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.