Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Evening Stroll

Amidst the craziness that comes with the last week of school, Laura and I managed to take an evening stroll with two of our high school residents up to the top of the hill. We left around 5pm, just as it was getting dark. The entire walk up consisted of beautiful sunset views over Mussoorie. Sunsets are particularly beautiful here at this time of year due to the "Winterline." The Winterline is a natural phenomena that is visible only from a few places in the world...the Himalayas and Switzerland are the only ones I'm aware of. In essence, it is a fake horizon set a bit higher than the actual horizon. Most sources say it's due to the pollution difference between the plains (Delhi) and the hills. The odd thing about it is that it appears only from mid-October to mid-December.

Mussoorie at dusk.

Woodstock campus at dusk with the Winterline emerging.

Looking to the east.

The Winterline producing brilliant colors over Dehradun.

Sunset through the trees.

Lights of Mussoorie with the Winterline.

The Himalayas basking in the last colors of the sunset.

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