I can’t really call what I saw last night a “sunset” because there was no sun. It was already well below the horizon by the time I left work and raced to Hut Point, lured by the clear, pinky skies. So I’m calling it a “smudgeset,” because that’s pretty much how it went as I and a co-worker stood at the edge of Ross Island, staring over the vastness of sea ice and mountains while the sky’s colors slowly rippled and merged and deepened.
Interesting thing: when I went to Hut Point a week ago at the same time, it was dark by 4:30 pm. Last night, we stayed out till 6:30 pm and it was still fairly light. The days are getting longer that quickly. Hopefully there will be enough clear night left before summer for me to catch sight of the Aurora Australis (Southern Lights), one of the things on my personal bucket list.
Till the next dispatch, here are some photos from last night. Enjoy.