Friday, February 15, 2008

Saipan Sunsets and Volcanic Haze

I like sunsets, especially taking pictures of them. When there's something unusual about them they are that much more spectacular!
You can't get much more unusual than a tropical island sunset with a cloud of volcanic haze thrown in to make it special. Quite often on Saipan the sunset will disappoint a little bit because just as the sun begins to hit the horizon it disapears behind a huge cloud without much fan fair.
In this case as it didn't have a chance to get to the horizon before fading from view but that didn't make it any less spectacular.
Anatahan Volcano is located 120 km (75 miles) north of Saipan and when the wind blows in the right direction we will get hit with ash and haze. You can smell the sulfur odor and the ash can be a problem for people with respiratory issues but otherwise it just provides an opportunity to capture unusual photographs.
Any idea where this last one was taken?

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