Australian Weather Calendar: March 2016

March Photograph by Tony Derix

On 27 April 2012, Tony Derix was camping in Menindee Lakes, New South Wales, on the bank of Lake Pamamaroo. ‘The night before that the light was really good,’ he recalls, ‘so I set myself up on that spot for the sunset, and it turned out to be a magnificent sunset.’

When the sun is low on the horizon, its light has a longer path through the atmosphere. More of the blue and green light is scattered, leaving only red, orange and yellow hues to be reflected by clouds, dust and pollution in the air. Mid-level cloud such as the altocumulus in Tony’s photograph tends to produce the most spectacular sunsets. High-level cirrus cloud can also produce a stunning display as the sun goes down.

Tony was using a Lumix DMC-250.