I never miss an opportunity in Dominica to watch a sunset or wait for a full moon rising over the mountains, if weather conditions are right (that is, no rain in the forecast!). But I think my favourite celestial sight from the Nature Island is the fading of the full moon over the Caribbean Sea at the break of day.
I love to live on the west coast Dominica where I overlook the Caribbean Sea. The incredible natural artistry of the celestial displays around dusk or dawn never cease to amaze me on any given day.
The skies are generally very clear here, as there is scant pollution on Dominica. The clarity of the stars and other constellations is magnificent. Too bad I don’t have a sophisticated camera to capture it!
Sometimes dust from the Sahara Desert in Africa blows across the Atlantic due to strong seasonal trade winds. Its presence in the atmosphere is apparent by the reddish hues that adorn the clouds, and even the sun as it sinks below the horizon.
Have you ever heard of the ‘Green Flash’? This phenomenon occurs a couple of seconds after the tropical sun has set, when a brilliant flash of emerald-green can appear on the horizon exactly where the sun was moments earlier. It normally occurs only on the clearest cloud-free days. However, many people debate its authenticity. I believe I have seen it a thousand times by now, but if you doubt me, that’s up to you. A scientific explanation is found here. Unfortunately, I have not been able to capture it on my camera, as of yet. But I always make a wish when it happens, and hope that it will come true!
Instead of writing so many words as in recent posts, I will say very little here. I wish to leave you to ponder these peaceful photos of another aspect of the Nature Island’s pristine attractions – the sky!
Here is a selection of sunsets and moonsets – they are adjusted slightly by Windows Photo Gallery for clarity but none of the shots was
As it is the season of good cheer, I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who ‘follow’ my blog and/or ‘like’ Ti Domnik Tales, as well as other interested readers all over the world. I appreciate your support and the time you have taken to review my musings about my adventures and experiences on the Nature Island. I’ll continue to keep you posted as there is much more to tell. In the mean time, Season’s Greetings and best wishes for a wonderful New Year!
*This post is dedicated to the memory of my parents – my mother, who ‘came into the world’ during the festive season and my father, who ‘departed this life’ on a bleak mid winter’s morn. They really appreciated nature and would have loved Dominica. But I imagine that heaven must be the only place that could be more beautiful than the Nature Isle! May their souls rest in peace eternally.