Sunrise stripes on Hospital Hill, Zimbabwe

A rare combination of light and shade over a hillside in Mutare.

At about 6.30 on the morning of May 28, 2016,, the sun rising over Mozambique projected some bright orange light through some layers of low cloud hanging in the Mutare Valley to produce a display of alternating light and dark sunrise stripes. One of these struck the summit of the nearby granite Kopje called Hospital Hill and then obliquely descended the slope facing me while narrowing and gradually fading away. The display lasted for just six minutes.

As a tripod was not immediately available, an impromptu series of hand-held camera images was taken using a Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ-60 in sunset scenery mode. Twenty of the most suitable for generating a time-lapse sequence were selected and adjusted in size to obtain good registration before being used to produce a time-lapse movie which loops five times.

A rare combination of light and shade, with Hospital Hill looking as I’ve never seen it before!

Read more: Striped Sunrises and the Shadows they Cast

Peter Lowenstein