During Sunsets for Kate I have invited others to share a sunset story. This post is from Iris who has shared many beautiful sunsets with me.
Iris Mhlanga from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Where and when was the sunset taken?
My favorite sunset of all time was captured during an emotional sailing trip on Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe, Africa. The lake itself is a fisherman’s paradise with upside trees in some parts of the lake adding to its stunning beauty. It is a source of hydro electricity for the country.
Why were you inspired to capture this moment?
What inspired me to capture the moment was my whole reason for being on the lake that day. You see, Lake Kariba is also considered a final resting place for many a beloved fisherman and water lover.
Many families like me and mine come out here to scatter the ashes of loved ones who have passed on as a way of honouring our dearly departed ones last wishes.
While sitting on the boat one day watching the sun set, the way the sky gradually turned a fiery red and yellow, and how the reflection on the lake turned a magical green some how, I thought to my self, wow! God does not make mistakes!
The sight was magical and enchanting, it stunned me into hypnotic silence as it dawned on me that even though I had lost loved ones and was going through a difficult time, the days ahead would always end magically and sunsets are proof of that.
What does seeing ‘Sunsets for Kate’ mean to you?
It made me appreciate that perfect happiness is a beautiful sunset, its all the little happy moments whether I see them or not.
Joy comes in sips not gulps and you (Kate) enjoying the beauty of each and every sunset is nature’s farewell kiss in a way.
And finally, you and I have not yet met. If we could meet and share a sunset drink anywhere in the world, where would that be? Wish as if anything is possible.
You never know, a sunset fairy may just grant us this sunset wish!
If wishes came true, I would definitely love to take you on a sunset boat cruise on Lake Kariba so you can truly experience the magic of an African sunset.
I see African sunsets all the time but I feel it would be a once in a life time chance for you to see my 2000 acres of sky with your own eyes, even if its just a day.
Thank you to Iris for sharing such beautiful images with me from Africa and for these moving and thought provoking words. I would very much love to see a Lake Kariba sunset with my own eyes, but through sharing your images with me, I am content. You have opened up my world and shown me your part of the world. For that, I am grateful. And I will keep looking at your images Iris. It truly is a beautiful part of the world where you live.
To see more images from Iris,
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