I’d been driving in this amazing sunset for an hour, watching it become more perfect as I headed south. I can pick a good sunset in the early afternoon by the placement of the clouds. You’re looking for a thick layer of cloud with a gap between it and the horizon, with layers of softer whispy clouds at various heights. If there’s a thick layer of cloud on the horizon, you’ll get practically nothing but disappointment! It was tempting to stop every 5 minutes to capture this sunset from every angle, but I resisted and only stopped twice.
I pulled up at about 6.30pm, just as the service station was closing. I parked and crossed the road, distracted by the beautiful sight and almost walking into the tall grass that lined the side of the road. A loud rustling sound snapped me out of it and I remembered I was in country Australia, home of most of the world’s most deadly snakes, and I was only wearing thongs (flip flops). I stood in a paddock looking across at the long grass and mountains in the distance, everything bathed in the most beautiful red light. I couldn’t keep the smile off my face as I took some deep yoga breaths and thanked Mother Nature for her show.