Red glory

On Walpurgis Eve (30th April),

It’s time to light bonfires to chase away evil spirits

(Or so people once believed)

And welcome in the spring.

This year, the fire burned as fiercely as ever –

But it couldn’t compete

With the natural red glory

Of a spectacular sunset.

For more fire in the sky, please visit: Skywatch.

97 responses

  1. Sensational sunset! The composition in the first is interesting too.

    May 3, 2012 at 11:55

  2. Magical, purely magical. Loved the clicks.

    May 3, 2012 at 11:57

  3. Glorious indeed!!

    May 3, 2012 at 12:01

  4. Nice sunset photos Fi. Isn’t it a nice time of day? – Dave

    May 3, 2012 at 12:09

  5. Hi there – for all that I don’t think we need to “drive away evil spirits”, I do think we miss out on things if we reject the celebration of the turning of the year. Long may your celebration of spring continue.

    Stewart M.

    PS: thanks for the visit and comment.

    May 3, 2012 at 12:11

  6. Beautiful, as usual. That last one has a sureal quality.

    May 3, 2012 at 12:13

  7. jcosmonewbery

    You do live in a colourful corner of the world. Do you ever get blasé about it?

    May 3, 2012 at 12:27

  8. So so beautiful. I love these pictures. The sunsets are magnificent!

    May 3, 2012 at 12:30

  9. Amazing! I love your photos!

    May 3, 2012 at 13:06

  10. OH !! I love the second picture – lot of colours ! ♥

    May 3, 2012 at 13:06

  11. Glorious certainly:)

    May 3, 2012 at 13:24

  12. Beautiful photos you have captured the atmosphere of spring in the evening delightfully full of light and color. Greetings.

    May 3, 2012 at 13:36

  13. jbcuvelier

    Oh it looks so warm and inviting….almost enveops you. Nice!

    May 3, 2012 at 14:02

  14. The red glory never ceases to amaze me! So magical!

    May 3, 2012 at 14:16

  15. You know what they say about red sky at night… :-)

    May 3, 2012 at 14:22

  16. Happy Spring. The sunset is just awesome. :)

    May 3, 2012 at 14:35

  17. wow.

    May 3, 2012 at 14:54

  18. You’ve captured a glorious sunset. Your photos are magnificent.

    May 3, 2012 at 14:59

  19. the silhouette in these shots – superb. that’s an amazing color you’ve captured, I feel as though I’m viewing the sunset in real time myself. I was expecting photos of bonfires, but this is way better. happy day to you Fiona.

    May 3, 2012 at 15:02

  20. The greatest painter could NEVER capture something so beautiful.

    Stunning. Xx

    May 3, 2012 at 15:02

  21. glimpseintomidlife

    The sunset seems to predict the coming warmer season. Beautiful!

    May 3, 2012 at 15:02

  22. Stunning skies! I haven’t seen anything anywhere close to that here for the past few weeks so I am jealous. :))

    May 3, 2012 at 15:15

  23. Hi There, I’d love to hear more about Walpurgis…. I know it’s a celebration of sorts–and you said that it’s when you get rid of the evil spirits… Very interesting….. BUT–you are correct… Nothing can beat a beautiful sunset!!!
    Hugs,
    Betsy

    May 3, 2012 at 15:26

  24. oh wow…what amazing color in that sunset…brilliant…and a great capture of it…

    May 3, 2012 at 15:38

  25. Pat

    What fabulous sunset captures! Here’s to spring!

    May 3, 2012 at 15:40

  26. i am just absorbing your sunsets! glorious photos! so much beauty!

    May 3, 2012 at 15:42

  27. Images message silently I received and the message is – Nature with Silence.
    Beautiful location must be. Thanks for sharing.

    May 3, 2012 at 15:59

  28. Your images feed me and I just love receiving them.

    May 3, 2012 at 16:10

  29. Absolutely stunning sky shots. Colorful, dramatic, glorious!

    May 3, 2012 at 16:19

  30. R.

    purely amazing!!

    May 3, 2012 at 16:20

  31. TexWisGirl

    my goodness. just spectacular! no evil spirits dare…

    May 3, 2012 at 16:36

  32. glorious images…

    May 3, 2012 at 16:42

  33. Beautiful sunset pictures…great job!

    May 3, 2012 at 16:42

  34. A glorious sunset indeed! And what a way to end any day! Such fantastic, dramatic colors! Superb captures!! Hope you have a great weekend!

    Sylvia

    May 3, 2012 at 17:05

  35. Glorious! I can’t imagine any evil spirits left hanging around after that!

    May 3, 2012 at 17:09

  36. Where are you getting these sunsets? Those can’t be for real, lol….you must be in a 70′s themed room shooting the murals on the walls…just joking…those are spectacular. Like always…

    Thanks so much for sharing the beauty you see around you.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

    May 3, 2012 at 17:32

    • LOL – you’re hilarious! We haven’t had many good sunsets at all this year… So glad I was out with the cam for this one though!

      May 3, 2012 at 17:54

  37. Bob

    It’s too beautiful for words, thanks.

    May 3, 2012 at 17:42

  38. That beautiful red fiery glow from the sunset should chase away the evil! Spectacular sunset photos!

    May 3, 2012 at 18:04

  39. Stunning photos! Lovely!

    May 3, 2012 at 18:06

  40. WOW…Amazing clicks. Last one is beautiful beyond words….

    May 3, 2012 at 18:12

  41. Man! That last photo is spectacular!!!

    May 3, 2012 at 18:24

  42. readerwil

    Your photos are simply heavenly! Stunning!

    May 3, 2012 at 18:35

  43. nothing compares to a sunset except maybe a sunrise

    May 3, 2012 at 18:44

  44. No one else made the comment about May Day on their blog, and I was happy to see this. I am a big fan of ancient history! :-) Loved your beautiful photos! The sunset is just unbelievable!

    May 3, 2012 at 19:12

  45. Spectacular indeed – what a gorgeous sky!

    May 3, 2012 at 19:15

  46. JM

    What wonderful skies! It’s all grey here.

    May 3, 2012 at 19:33

  47. Ladyfi,
    I have never seen such a gorgeous sunset!! The sky is burning! Buddhism says Pure Land is in west. Oh, I believe it.
    How beautiful the red is! What a beautiful gradation!! Knockout!
    keiko

    May 3, 2012 at 19:40

  48. amazing!

    May 3, 2012 at 19:49

  49. Spectacularly Beautiful Snaps !!!

    May 3, 2012 at 20:18

  50. Awesome captures!

    May 3, 2012 at 20:48

  51. Beautiful! Nature’s glory – at its best. Pure and simple.

    May 3, 2012 at 20:56

  52. It looks like the skies caught fire!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

    May 3, 2012 at 21:59

  53. Wow! Just…WOW!!!

    May 3, 2012 at 22:18

  54. Gorgeous sunset capture, Lady Fi! What a lovely end to your evening. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, happy skywatching!

    May 3, 2012 at 23:32

  55. Nature trumps and inspires man once again.

    May 4, 2012 at 02:54

  56. I love sitting on the porch watching sunsets!

    May 4, 2012 at 03:11

  57. I like the sounds of this tradition to chase away evil spirits. You never know when something will surprise us and actually work. :)

    May 4, 2012 at 05:29

  58. onceupona

    I’m getting spoiled. I can see your post and the pics on my phone so I forget to get over here and comment as quickly as I would otherwise. Gorgeous pictures!

    May 4, 2012 at 05:33

  59. Truly magical.

    May 4, 2012 at 05:59

  60. Gloriously spectacular!!

    May 4, 2012 at 06:12

  61. Beautiful sunsets, just spectacular colours.

    May 4, 2012 at 06:19

  62. That;s too big a fire to compete with,nice shots.

    May 4, 2012 at 06:34

  63. Must tip my lens to you, champion!

    Warm Aloha from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral

    >

    May 4, 2012 at 06:41

  64. indrani

    Wow! Superb shots.

    May 4, 2012 at 06:54

  65. Just Wonderful.
    Thanks for sharing

    May 4, 2012 at 07:05

  66. Elephant's Child

    Truly incredible. Thank you.

    May 4, 2012 at 07:38

  67. beautiful colours, a spectacular sky! I adore when nature starts painting like this ;))!

    May 4, 2012 at 07:46

  68. Such beautiful colours.
    Sydney – City and Suburbs

    May 4, 2012 at 07:46

  69. spectacular!

    May 4, 2012 at 08:54

  70. If I were the springtime, I would definitely want to hang around and see more of those fabulous colors!!!!

    May 4, 2012 at 10:00

  71. Glorious shot! Love the last one :)

    May 4, 2012 at 10:14

  72. Great shots, – lovely colours!

    May 4, 2012 at 11:28

  73. Great sunset. It is amazing how the known is every time new.

    May 4, 2012 at 11:29

  74. That light is gorgeous.
    Pure magic, I love it!

    May 4, 2012 at 14:45

  75. Jeevan

    We too experience red glory while sunset but it was only mild.

    Fantastic capture here! It’s marvelous.

    May 4, 2012 at 15:32

  76. Hi there, just catching up on posts that I’ve missed. Loved the images from Roros and ‘Art Deco Skies’ is superb! You’re so lucky to be going into spring, wonderful time of the year..We’re a long way off here in Perth, heading into winter, although it has it’s merits also. have a fab weekend.

    May 4, 2012 at 16:53

  77. fina foton och varma färger ”
    Have a nice weekend !

    May 4, 2012 at 17:49

  78. Wow. Just wow. One of the best sunset photos I’ve ever seen.

    May 4, 2012 at 19:09

  79. Stunning skies!

    May 4, 2012 at 19:59

  80. Sent those evil spirits runnin’ with that intense beautiful fire!!! Girl, those pictures are a work of art for sure!

    God bless and have a fantastic weekend sweetie!!! :o)

    May 5, 2012 at 02:40

  81. Al

    What beautiful shots, it looks like summer!

    May 5, 2012 at 04:12

  82. A bonfire would be superfluous certainly — nothing could match that sunset! What a beautiful time of year it is there!

    May 5, 2012 at 04:58

  83. Those sunsets are spectacular!

    May 5, 2012 at 07:44

  84. One of lifes real joys. Great pics, Jim

    May 5, 2012 at 08:14

  85. Fine views, fantastic colours. I like to come back to these photographs. I am greeting

    May 5, 2012 at 10:07

  86. what are those round things floating?

    May 5, 2012 at 10:28

  87. Indeed I’m sure it couldn’t compete. What a magnificent sunset!

    May 5, 2012 at 13:22

  88. just stunning, love these moments and sun colors

    May 5, 2012 at 16:58

  89. This is a stunner .. mesmerizing and beautiful.

    May 5, 2012 at 18:47

  90. rednomadoz

    Nothing takes my breath away like a glorious sunset! I’d be honoured if you’d consider being a guest on my RED Alert series – where I interview you about your RED photos on my blog? Just fine if you’re unable to – it’s always a pleasure to visit your blog!

    May 5, 2012 at 23:55

  91. What stunning images. The tones blaze across the sky, so vibrantly.

    May 6, 2012 at 01:09

  92. An amazing sky! – Margy

    May 6, 2012 at 09:42

  93. Gorgeous colours!

    May 7, 2012 at 01:29

  94. Stunning sunset! :)

    May 7, 2012 at 22:55

  95. Not only do you have spectacular skies to share with us, but the surrounding landscape is so serene. Beautiful series of shots. I love your two swans, too! Thanks for visiting.

    May 9, 2012 at 01:49

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