Magnificent sunsets

Sunsets are awesome things on so many levels – they’re beautiful, romantic, inspiring – astronomical events of mind-boggling magnitude. 

Sailors are particularly fortunate because we get to see the sun setting over the ocean even on eastern facing coasts, as long as we’re a few miles offshore. And ocean sunsets bring with them that extra tingle of excitement that comes from anticipating the green flash – the fabled emerald green glint on the horizon just as the sun disappears below it.

I have hundreds of pictures and miles of film of sunsets; in none of them is the green flash present. But I have seen the green flash several times. Maybe it’s in the eye of the beholder.