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Sunset stripes

Sunrise and sunset: can you tell the difference? I’m not sure I can. I used to think the colours of sunset more brilliant than those early in the morning, until I realized my perception was based on the simple fact that I see more sunsets than sunrises. However I suspect that if I took a sleeping pill and awoke not knowing what day or time it was, I would not be able to correctly identify sunrise or sunset. So, do we know which is which based on our perception of the hours before? Below are three sunset photos taken within two minutes of each other.

5 to remember
la diferencia – the difference
mi percepcion – my perception
el simple hecho de que – the simple fact that
sospecho que – I suspect that
una píldora para dormer – a sleeping pill

And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet:
Stripes in the sky: winter sunset in #Spain via @Spanish_Valley http://wp.me/p3dYp6-1TA

Mackerel sunset

Mackerel skies are beautiful, formed by high altocumulus clouds. I didn’t know there’s another term for this type of sky: a ‘buttermilk sky’. mackerel sunset1 10-10-14The reason for these clouds? The disintegration of an old weather system, so little if any rain occurs during a mackerel sky. When this sky coincides with the sunset, the effect is amazing. mackerel sunset2 10-10-14It was here, the colours getting richer and deeper, changing from moment to moment… mackerel sunset3 10-10-14mackerel sunset4 10-10-14mackerel sunset5 10-10-14mackerel sunset6 10-10-14mackerel sunset7 10-10-14mackerel sunset8 10-10-14mackerel sunset9 10-10-14… and then gone, but the cloud effect remains until the night is black. mackerel sunset - gone1 10-10-14mackerel sunset - gone2 10-10-145 to remember
una caballa – a mackerel [fish]
un cielo abboregado – a mackerel sky
las nubes – the clouds
el término – the term [word]
el suero – the buttermilk

Pink and blue sky

Somehow the blue of the sky and the pink clouds at sunset time manage not to blend together into purple. pink and blue sky6 9-2-15This winter sunset is a delicate one of wispy clouds and pale pink. pink and blue sky1 9-2-15pink and blue sky2 9-2-15pink and blue sky3 9-2-15pink and blue sky4 9-2-15pink and blue sky5 9-2-155 to remember
de algún modo – somehow
armonizar – to blend together
morado/a – purple
tenue – wispy [cloud]
pálido/a – pale

Fire and ice

Early evening, the thermometer hovers at freezing, frost lingers on the shadiest parts of the olive grove, but the sky is on fire. sunset1 5-2-15The local weather forecast is -1°C tonight and tomorrow night, -2°C on Saturday night. sunset2 5-2-15Dipping below freezing point: better get the logs in.

thermometer 5-2-155 to remember
el termómetro – the thermometer
el punto de congelación – the Freezing point
la helada – the frost
lo más sombreado/a – shadiest
mañana noche – tomorrow night