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Sunday’s effing and blinding sunset

April 8, 2019

My camera was blinded on its first try at capturing Monday’s sunset at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday’s sunset (April 7th), as seen from West Broadway Avenue and South Granville Street, was so bright you’d have thought that the sun had set itself down at the intersection of Macdonald Street, little more than two kilometres away.

The second try at 7:31 p.m. was another glaring failure.

I don’t know if I’ve ever seen so incandescent a solar glare in Fairview before. It was hard on the eyes but it was even harder on my dumpster-derived point-and-shoot camera.

I wasn’t so much surprised that the little Fuji Finepix Z’s sensor was rendered senseless by the blazing sun itself (the camera generally has its hands full with Christmas lights, after all). But I was surprised, by the strong coronal fringe surrounding each photo I took of Sunday’s sunset.

That was something new.

Sunset-wise, South Granville overlooks a veritable field of beams

The more manageable view north down South Granville St. at 7:48 p.m.

Rather than risk injuring my little camera’s tender feelings (or aging electronics) by forcing it to focus on its failings, I turned my attention towards something much less challenging, namely the view looking north down South Granville Street.

As usual, it didn’t disappoint.

Beyond the towers of downtown Vancouver, drenched in bright lemon-orange light, lay the glittering spray of well-to-do properties on the dark, velvet slopes of the North Shore.

And, as luck would have it, the lowest part of the cloud bank draping itself over the distant slopes was, just then, painted a ruddy hue by the fast-falling sunset and looked like a glowing shower of molten gold.

So, as sometimes happens, the sideshow turned out to be better than the featured attraction. Click the images to enlarge them.

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