Happiness is…

…seeing a green flash from your home office.

For several months of the year, the sun sets over the ocean as seen from our south-facing windows. That means I can watch sunsets while sitting at my desk, which is a huge selling point of our flat. I also love being able to watch the annual trek of the setting sun back and forth along the horizon, from west to east and back again. Right now it’s moving east, and so far as I’m concerned, this is the best time of the year: the air is crystal clear, and we have optimum conditions for green flashes. This week I saw two, including one of the rare ones where the green appears detached from the disk of the sun.

That photo series is from Wikipedia, where you can find a quick explanation of green flashes and more nifty photos. I’ve frequently seen the type where the very last bit of the sun’s rim turns green just before it vanishes beneath the horizon, but this type, with the visual separation of the flash from the disk, is beyond cool.

This is the time of year where the quality of light changes so much hour by hour that I can accurately tell what time it is just by the color and direction of light inside our flat. And every evening, as that light turns orange, my eyes are glued to the horizon. My philosophy of life is: never miss a sunset if you can help it. Besides, you never know which one will gift you with a green flash.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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One Response to Happiness is…

  1. Ana_ñ says:

    How very cool, I’ve never seen one of those!
    But I can easily relate sunsets to happiness. 🙂

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