Photographing the sunset

There are moments you treasure for the rest of your life. When I sat there the other day, at that little place I once facetiously called the least spectacular beach in Andøy, I felt a wonderful calmness sweeping over me.

My camera was nearly set up, the Sun was on its way down. One could see the sky slowly gaining warmer and warmer colours. These were going to be good images.

I was positively at peace. Listening to the ocean, watching the animals under a clear sky, the seagulls, terns, and that weird otter wobbling nosily up along the quay from the sea, I knew that this was a special moment.

The otter stopped, sniffed the air. It seemed to nod at me before it went up into the village behind me.

“Thank you, Oscar.” I heard myself say. “Nice to meet you, too.”

That otter doesn’t have a name! I remember thinking before I dozed off.

I woke up. It took a couple of seconds for me to understand my surroundings:

Time had not progressed very much, I realized; but the Sun was about to disappear behind the horizon! How? Huh? I started fumbling a little but found my fingers, indeed my hands, numb from the cold. The only thing I managed to do during these first couple of moments was to disturb the seagulls. Instinctively, I pressed the button, not yet willing to admit that I may have missed what I had come to see.


I took as many images as I could. Then I saw it. Then, I woke up for real.


It was there for a moment, then gone again. I could not possibly have dreamt!


My mind raced. The scenery, all birds in the air, otter splashing in the yellow-red light at the beach, I couldn’t let it be not photographed; but I did want to check. Had I caught it on camera?


At the end, I could not help myself any longer. I flipped through the images. I smiled. This was it!

As far as sunrise-sunset images go, it wasn’t special. Yet there, in that one image, I saw something, which had eluded me in years of photography.

The screen had green colour in some of its pixels. Seeing this little flash of light, a whole new universe of knowledge opened up in my thoughts. I sat at the beach for a while still after that.

It takes time to explore a universe.

© Text and image 2019 Alexander Biebricher All Rights Reserved.

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