I adore taking photos of sunrises and sunsets, and I have been lucky enough to witness some amazing ones during my life.

The beauty of them always catch me unprepared…seemingly without any warning, the sky suddenly looks like Mother Nature has lit a match and set the clouds alight.

And I don’t think anything can match a sunrise or sunset in all it’s glory…it takes my breath away and make me glad to be alive!

I was up early this morning, and when I glanced out our bedroom window, I noticed that the houses beside us had a reddish glow.

So I grabbed my camera, and raced upstairs to discover one of the most amazing sunrises I have ever seen…


It really looked like the sky was on fire…


While watching the changing sky, that well known old rhyme came into my head…

Red sky at night, shepherds delight

Red sky in the morning, shepherds warning

I did a quick bit of Googling and discovered that this saying is most reliable when weather systems predominantly come from the west…which they do here in Melbourne.

Red sky at night means good weather is generally coming…red sky in the morning is an indication of a wet and windy low pressure system heading your way.

And do you know why the sky appears red?

Apparently it happens when dust and small particles are trapped in the atmosphere by high pressure…the blue light is reduced, and the red light is increased, creating the stunning vibrant beautiful colours we see.

So are we due for some wild weather?

After the very colourful dawn, today has been unseasonably warm and sunny for this time of year.

However, I checked the weather forecast for Melbourne and tomorrow it looks like we are in for some rain, wind…even the chance of some hail and a thunderstorm.

A glance at the radar shows that there is rain heading over the border from South Australia as I write this.

Time will tell how bad the weather will be once it reaches us…in the meantime, I will leave you with one last shot of that glorious spectacle…


Do you love sunrises and/or sunsets? Where was the best one you have ever seen?

Share in the comments below as I would love to know!

All images taken on a Fuji X10os