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African Sunsets

African Sunsets Beauty in the African Sky‎

Do you know what makes a colorful sunset happen?
Different colors are associated with different wavelengths and depending on what happened to the light before it got to you, some of those visible wavelengths do not even reach your eye. Portions of it are absorbed and filtered out in the atmosphere. You will see bright sunsets in most places in Africa because the air along the path of the ray of sunlight tends to be dryer and cleaner. 

African sunsets
Beauty in the African sky as the sun sets on another day in Africa enjoy readers favorite sunsets in Africa through the lens of the camera.

African Sunsets

African Sunsets | Beauty in the African Sky‎

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African sunsets are a remarkable sight; appearing in a variety of colors. Everyone at one time or another has looked into the western horizon gazing at the beautiful red and orange colors of an African sunset.

Serengeti Sunset in the Serengeti National Park Tanzania
Serengeti Sunset in the Serengeti National Park Tanzania
Serengeti National Park covers around 1.5 million hectares or 3.8 million acres of the savannah. In their annual migration in search of pasture and water vast herds of wildebeest, gazelles and zebras followed by their meat-eating predators is one of the top destination places in the world. The Serengeti plains harbor the largest remaining unaltered animal migration in the world.

Kariba Sunset Zambezi river basin between Zambia and Zimbabwe
Kariba Sunset Zambezi river basin between Zambia and Zimbabwe

The Zambezi basin is the fourth-largest river basin of Africa, after the Congo, Nile and Niger basins. Its total area represents about 4.5% of the area of the continent and spreads over eight African countries Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Malawi, and Mozambique. The Zambezi River flows eastwards for about 3,000 km from its sources to the Indian Ocean. The Zambezi River then forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe and reaches its greatest width, over 1.3 km, before its waters plunge over the Victoria Falls. It continues to form the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe until it enters Mozambique.

Fishing at sunset in Madagascar
Fishing at sunset in Madagascar
Madagascar was one of the last major landmasses on earth to be colonized by humans. The earliest settlers from present-day Indonesia arrived between A.D. 350 and 550. The island attracted Arab and Persian traders as early as the 7th century, and migrants from Africa arrived around A.D. 1000. Madagascar was a pirate stronghold during the late 17th and early 18th centuries and served as a slave-trading center into the 19th century.

Rice cultivation is found almost everywhere in Madagascar however, the central and northern regions of the country are where nearly 80% of Madagascar’s rice is grown. Lowland rice structures are well developed and rice terraces are regularly found along the roads between the capital and largest city in Madagascar Antananarivo and the third largest city in Madagascar Antsirabe. Just over 60% of Madagascar’ population is under the age of 25 and a high total fertility rate of more than four children per women ensures that the Malagasy population will continue its rapid growth trajectory for the near future.

Sunset at Avenue of the Baobab
Sunset at Avenue of the Baobab
Baobab the Tree God planted upside-down. The Avenue of the Baobabs is located on the island country of Madagascar in Africa. Common names for the baobab tree are cream of tartar tree, monkey-bread tree, tabaldi, and mowana. The gigantic trunk of the baobab tree leads upwards to branches resembling the roots of a tree, which is why it has often been referred to as the upside-down tree. The baobab is also known as the tree of life. It is also legendary for its gigantic size growing to more than 70 feet high and 35 feet in diameter, its canopy spreading to 235 feet.

The Baobab tree is a strange looking tree that grows in low-lying areas in Africa and Australia. It can grow to enormous sizes and carbon dating indicates that they may live to be 3,000 years old. One ancient hollow Baobab tree in Zimbabwe is so large that up to 40 people can shelter inside its trunk. Various Baobabs have been used as a shop, a prison, a house, a storage barn and a bus shelter. The tree is certainly very different from any other. The trunk is smooth and shiny, not at all like the bark of other trees, and it is pinkish grey or sometimes copper colored.

African Sunsets | Beauty in the African Sky


Africa says hello to the sunset,
Orange purple yellow red quartet.
Sunshine’s worries cannot forget,
Mama Africa’s dwindling silhouette.

The sunset is colorful, yawning and deep,
Earth's promise of renewal will not keep,
After daylight, she pleads for sleep.
Sweet dreams reverse sunshine creep.

Africa slumbers in her stormy bed,
With thoughts of peace in her head,
Prayers before slumber she said.
Unawares of the day ahead.

-  Cairn Fa Setsnus 
Development poem copyright 2012 by Cairn Fa Setsnus 
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