Amazing Sunset last night. The weather report suggested that the skies were going to clear and I was thinking while I was at work where I wanted to shoot. I hadn’t been to Sharp Tor for a while and I certainly hadn’t climbed it since before Christmas. It’s got a fair elevation (380m) and the sun was going to set towards Princetown direction. I had a very quick meal when I got home and drove towards Dartmeet and parked up. The clouds were rolling in and for a minute I thought ‘oh dear’. I grabbed a few shots of the trees and rocks at the edge of the car park as the sun drifted in and out of the advancing cloud. I thought it might be a god ray evening and I wasn’t disappointed. I managed to grab some Dartmoor Pony shots which are always good for the bank.
I ventured over to the tor and to the small rocky out crop at its base as the sun broke and grabbed a few shots including Sharp Tor and the Dart Valley but then started running up to the top as I was concerned the light was going to fail me. However after grabbing some shots of one of my favorite trees the sun disappeared. However at the horizon was a small strip of clearish sky and this persisted for the next 30 mins. I had the feeling we were in for something special and I was right. As the sun set passed the horizon the most amazing red rays spread across the sky and I was running around trying to decide what to shoot. I was so elated by concentration was interrupted. I did manage to get some captures but the last few shots were only after my battery failed and my memory card was full – damn I need to remember to delete my last captures before I go out ‘memory check’. All in all was a spectacular evening and very mild with little wind, more like the spring of old.