Who doesn’t love a beautiful sunset - but have you ever wondered why we have them?
Well, according to a little research I did on National Geographic, rays of light need to travel a greater distance to reach the surface of the Earth at sunset. There are various particles in the atmosphere which can scatter rays of light. Shorter wavelengths of light (blues and purples) are scattered more easily than longer wavelengths of light (reds and oranges), meaning that an overall larger proportion of reds and oranges are likely reach the Earth, whilst the other shorter wavelengths are deflected. This results in beautiful sunsets.
And although you can get beautiful sunsets at any time of year, they’re most common in autumn and winter as there tend to be fewer molecules in the atmosphere to scatter the rays of sunlight. I’m hoping this means there’ll be some gorgeous sunsets in the coming months, but I guess I’ll just wait and see…
So given my love of sunsets (which I also mentioned in one of last month’s posts, 31 Things That Make Me Happy), I thought I’d share some of my favourite photos of them!
One of the things I love most about these pictures is the variety of different locations I took them in, including an aeroplane, the English Channel and the West End of Glasgow. I hope these photos brought a smile to your face as they did for me - let me know which are your favourites in the comments!
Oh, and in case you thought I'd forgotten I do love sunrises too, I just don't tend to be a fan of getting up ridiculously early in the morning to see them!
Do you prefer sunset or sunrise?
Where was the best sunset you've ever witnessed?