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Pink Sunset

Pink Sunset
 
 

WITH unusual weather conditions comes unusual sunsets. Except I have never been here before, so I didn’t know what usual looked like.

Mysterious Islands
Mysterious Islands

The sun was now very low in the sky unseen behind the clouds. The colours had become softer and duller as we continued calmly sailing through the unusual island formations towering precariously above us. The lighter areas of cloud that had been golden had now faded into a soft pink colour. Everyone else in my group was relaxing on the deck chairs, but I was having an absolute field day with the camera getting the amazing rock formations contrasted against the greenish grey laminar water.

We passed one final group of four houses on rafts before the water became more open. The islands suddenly changed from being large with high cliffs, multiple summits and bays, to being obelisks of rock towering out of the sea. They still formed the uniform vertical shapes, but the tops were a little irregular now and devoid of forest cover. Instead they had scrubby bushes in the tight seams between the rocks.

Kissing Rocks
Kissing Rocks

As we left the last of the big islands, the vertical walls revealed a pillar standing out like a large splinter. Below the pillar was a small rocky beach with pinkish orange sand. It was a very small beach, but this was the first beach I had seen all afternoon. The tide must be going out. A hundred metres along the base of the cliff was a small forest of trees covering an old landslide of rock that had collapsed from the cliff.

The junk started to sail away from the formations out into the open bay, but there were still many hundreds of islands to our left. They were mostly enormous obelisks towering over a hundred metres into the sky. The larger ones were forested with tiny lost worlds, whilst the small ones were just pillars of rock.

Pink Sunset
Pink Sunset

We passed the kissing rocks, two irregular shaped ten metre high barren rocks almost touching each other. Far behind them were precipitous cliff pillars towering out of the sea. I would have liked to have seen them closer, but we were leaving the area and all the rock formations behind to return to the city. The sky turned a dull pink as the sun slipped beneath the horizon. The colours were now amazing, the pink highlights against greenish grey sea and the purplish grey towering obelisks. This parting moment with the formations was truly unforgettable.

Halong Port
Halong Port

As the monolithic islands started fading away in the haze behind us, the grey sky illuminated into a soft magenta colour. This created a regal hue to highlight the unseen sun setting over mainland Asia. Like all sunsets though, the vividness only lasted a few minutes before the sky changed into a soft grey blue colour. Then it quickly retired into darkness as we approached the lights of the city ahead.

The sky had completely darkened when we finally approached the wharf. About half a kilometre offshore the anchor was dropped into the inky black water. From here we climbed into the small boat that the junk had towed throughout this trip back to the jetty. The wind was starting to pick up with the typhoon now approaching generating a frenzied chop on the water now making for a bit of a bumpy ride back to the wharf.

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12 October 2009

 

Halong Bay

Vietnam

 

20°54'N
107°03'E
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