In our visual storytelling blog series titled the ‘Nature India Photo Story’, we feature photo stories that explore the realms of science, wildlife, environment, health or anything else that smells of science.
Here’s a photo story and a personal essay by B. Lakshmi Sowjanya on the mystical aura of the sun, arguably the most prominent among all celestial objects.
Sowjanya is a geneticist, a Bio-CARe Woman Scientist, and a postdoctoral researcher at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Her research interests are in the field of molecular oncology and lipidomics. She is keen on nature photography, and immensely enjoys capturing the Sun, drawing poetic parallels for life from its many hues.
The Sun has not only attracted humans forever but also supports all life-sustaining activities on planet Earth. Several cultures around the world worship the Sun. Amazingly enough, the distance between Earth and the Sun is exactly right for life-conditions to flourish. Closer, we would burn; farther away, we would freeze.
In my photography journey, I try to capture glimpses of the Sun through clouds spread across the sky. As I set sight on the warm colours of the setting Sun, I am transported to an enchanted world. It has been an amazing journey so far, shooting the Sun in different colours, shades and moods.
These photographs were taken at the West Coast of India during winter (October to January) at dusk in Honavar taluk (14° 16′ 48″ N, 74° 26′ 38.04″ E), Uttara Kannada district, Karnataka state. They show the magical play of the clouds, humid weather conditions of the seashore, and the hues of sun rays.
In these photographs I tried to capture how differently we can visualize the Sun in the same season. The climate, atmospheric gases and clouds in the sky could greatly impact the way in which we see the Sun.
Even as it signals an end, a sunset promises renewal. With the last rays peeping over the horizon comes the realisation that tomorrow holds endless possibilities. The descending Sun embodies the sheer power of an utterly romantic moment. Just like love at first sight, the sight of the Sun takes my breath away, leaving me speechless. I feel a rush of love and gratitude for Mother Nature.
There is science behind these feelings, too. Watching sunsets promotes psychological effects believed to enhance satisfaction in life. Sunsets are a moment to pause in preparation for a new phase of life; a time of renewal, learning, and moving ahead with challenges. Sunsets can be real blessings.
I admire the steadfastness of the sun – an eternal and untiring effort to repeat the daily cycle, day after day, until all energy is spent, bidding us goodbye with a promise to return the next day in all its power and glory.
This collection of radiating hues represents some of the most beautiful moments and most wonderful memories of my life. The ‘sweet light’ time, just before the sunset, is perhaps the best time for serial sunset photography. It is during those fleeting moments that the bright and pale shades of red tend to be even more dramatic, enhancing sunset photos and making the colours pop.
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