Wandering through the realms of the cosmos, pondering its huge vastness

Sunset by the Beach and Moon at Dusk

While spending our short vacation in the lovely island of Panglao in Bohol, we took the chance to reunite ourselves with the beauty and comforting embrace of nature. This island that is very famous for its pristine beach — clear, turquoise waters and dazzling white-sand — is really a perfect tropical sanctuary of natural beauty. 😀

As we were so excited to watch the sunset, we immediately headed toward the beach after our day-long tour on the other part of the island. Luckily, we got there just in time to witness this magnificent scene.

Notice the anvil-shaped cloud near the setting sun in the close-up photos above. Anvil clouds are the icy upper portions of cumulonimbus thunderstorm clouds that are caused by a rising of air in the lower portions of the atmosphere. They usually indicate a coming rain. Nevertheless, only a slight drizzle came later in the evening.

A few minutes after sunset, the thin crescent moon became visible as it slowly descended towards the western horizon following the Sun.

These sky displays never fail to make me smile and I was truly glad that I was given the chance to witness all of these during our vacation. God is really so great.

Special thanks to Andre Obidos for letting me use his sunset photos.

I will definitely miss this place a lot. 🙂

2 responses

  1. Narciso C. Dionson

    Last night 21 February) was good for stargazing. The sky was clear over Boracay and by nine the moon was not yet risen. All the great winter constellations shone brilliantly–Orion, Canis, Auriga, and Gemini. I pointed out the Big Dipper and the Pole Star to my granddaughter.

    I believe Canopus was the bright star about 40 degrees above the southern horizon. Am I right?

    When I woke up at four clouds covered much of the sky. Even Venus was nowhere to be seen.

    February 22, 2011 at 5:09 am

    • Hi Sir,

      Thank you for sharing that wonderful skygazing experience. I hope your granddaughter would enjoy astronomy as well. Star-hopping is really a fun hobby.

      Regarding what you were asking, I think you were right — it could be Canopus. Aside from Sirius, it is only the brightest star in the southern sky during that time.

      Clear skies!

      February 25, 2011 at 2:04 am

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