Sunday, February 5, 2012

Sunset ...



What is it about sunsets that make us stop what we are doing and absorb their beauty.
No matter where I am, if I glimpse a sunset whether driving, walking
or from my backyard, I can't help but be in awe.


I guess that's why when The Professor and I are in Anna Maria, 
we march to the beach for sunset.
Beach chairs in hand.
And maybe some wine.




Each evening we are treated with a different scene.






A different cast of characters.


Performing their evening rituals.







As the day begins to fold up, one by one they depart.




Until the very last one performs his curtain call.



It doesn't get much better than this!

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It would be embarrassing to tell you how many sunset pictures I have. 
I'm a crazy snapping fool at sunset.
And of birds.
But you already know that.

Hope your week gets off to a great start!
It is February!  Woot woot!
Cause then it will be March, then April, then May ...
with days that will grow longer!

This business of the sun setting around Philly at 5:15 is for the birds!
Anna Maria sunsets were a whole hour later.
Harumph!

~ sharing with ~
The Creative Exchange


68 comments:

Sylvia K said...

These are absolutely breathtaking sunsets, Reena!! I do so understand -- I have an obsession with skies and sunsets and have hundreds of captures to prove it! Fortunately, here in Seattle we do have lots of awesome skies -- as you obviously do in Anna Maria! Thanks for sharing the beauty! Have a great week!

Sylvia

Florida Farm Girl said...

Lovely, lovely sunset!!! Enjoy it and drink a toast to those of us who don't see them regularly, okay?

Evelyn S. said...

Oh, again, I'm so envious! However, I was just commenting to my husband how nice it was that it's no longer dark at 4 p.m.!

Catherine said...

Your sunsets are gorgeous! They always look like a warm blanket coming to tuck you in for the evening.

Your pelicans are so cute below! Great photos!

xo Catherine

TexWisGirl said...

ha ha.

thanks for sharing your scenes with us tonight!

Beth said...

wow... just beautiful. breathtaking. i think sunsets are all perfect in their own way. we love them so because not one is the same. i agree ... thank you so much for sharing. with it being so cloudy in VA today i'm living through your photos here & soaking up the sun. just so warming. 29 degrees here. so chilly. (:

Dianne said...

It certainly doesn't get better than this Reena .... Watching a beautiful sunset over the sea with glass of good wine in hand ... Absolutely magical.

Snapper II said...

I can't resist watching the sun rise or set. these are beautiful. I like the last one best. I just love the Pelicans, great capture.

forgetmenot said...

Each and everyone of those photos is spectacular!!! Absolutely breathtaking! I try to remember to "peek out the door" at sunset each evening, because more likely than not, there will be a beautiful sky. Thanks for sharing those wonderful pics on your blog. Have a great week. Mickie :)

Brian Miller said...

nice..i would as well...great range of color...my fav is that capture of the pelican just about to touch down...

Gillian Olson said...

Absolutely beautiful sunsets, the ones with the birds flying across are magic.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Beautiful pictures. So just how many sunset pictures do you have? Come on, embarrass yourself.

Ginny said...

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ginny said...

As you see, words failed......

Prairie Cat said...

I am always snapping photos of sunsets; but I have never got one that matched what I was seeing with my own eyes. Your photos do sunsets more justice than mine, though!

gina said...

Wonderful sunsets, especially the third one -- I love those colors. There is no place like the beach at sunset....sip your wine and think of us.

Ross said...

I'm glad to see that your just as snap happy with sunsets as I am. I feel the same way about sunsets, I can't seem to get over how amazing they can be. What's great about them is that there are never two that are the same!

My Journey With Candida said...

I love sunsets, and you got some beautiful ones. Sunrises aren't so bad either. I just never want to get up early enough to look at the sunrise.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Not only are they different from day to day, but the one you're watching changes every few seconds. I think I prefer sunrises because there are fewer people around.

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Such gorgeous sunsents, I love how they are all different. I especially love that first one.

Marcie said...

Absolutely breathtaking!! The color..the light..the warmth. WOW!

Caroline said...

Oh my goodness...these are all amazing. Esp love the last photo!

Ivanhoe said...

Breathtaking captures, Reena! Some look like paintings. Just wonderful! :)

JillsyGirl said...

I can totally understand why you snap away during sunsets because each passing second offers its own magic moment. It's amazing how quickly the scene changes.

Sandra said...

I love the one with the line of skimming pelicans just above the water, they so fascinate me.

Laura said...

These are just amazing. Here in the UK you rarely get a good sunset!

Daryl Edelstein said...

I too am a sunset fool .. I've got a bazillion shots of the sunset over Chesapeake Bay as shot from Bud's Beach on Gwyn's Island .. come along this summer to BlogFest and take some there!

Karen said...

Wow, stunning.

ds said...

You're right. It doesn't get any better than this. Gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing. Love that final pelican!

LadyFi said...

Wow wow wow! I can never get enough of the sunset!

That last shot should be framed - it really is totally stunning.

kpaints said...

Just gorgeous, what a beautiful place!

Madi and Mom said...

Hi Reena,
In my humble opinion, there can never be too many sunrise and sunset pictures. Yours are stunning. I've heard sunsets on Key West are like no others!!
The internet in my area of the city was down this morning. I'm playing catch up.
Have a lovely Monday,
Hugs C and Miss Madi says meow

S. Etole said...

These are just beautiful. I rarely see a sunset as I am surrounded by woods.

Anki said...

Beautiful photos, I like a sunset too.

Ellie said...

I love a good sunset picture and these are some of the best. Beautiful pictures.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

aw, reena, thanks so much for brightening my day!
those are just gorgeous!
it doesn't get any better than that.

xo betty

Rosie said...

Oh wow, these photos are amazing! Thanks so much for sharing these and having me dreaming here at my computer screen!! :-)

Steve Gravano said...

Beautiful job Reena! I especially like that third one... enjoy we're not getting any spectacular sunsets here.

islandwonder said...

Those are gorgeous!

Pat said...

I don't think you can have enough of these gorgeous sunset shots!

Kamana said...

birds and breathtaking sunsets on the beach ... ahhh... what a blissful combination!

Kerri said...

Oh my ..... these are Breathtaking!! I LOVE sunsets and sunrises!! And of course the birds are an added bonus!!

Ann said...

sunsets were made for having their picture taken. I'm awfully glad I can come here and enjoy yours :)

Mental P Mama said...

Nothing prettier than the Gulf of Mexico at sunset! We need a field trip;)

dona said...

I also love sunsets and think that a perfect sunset needs the water (the sea or a lake or a lagoon).
Ciao.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

You are so fortunate to experience sunsets in two or three different locales, Reena. Each has its own magic. :)

Steve said...

Wonderful images Reena!!

lisa said...

Reena, all of these are just gorgeous, but the first one here is beyond that! What a superb image, and how fortunate you were to be able to capture it.

Thank you so very much for sharing with us today at The Creative Exchange.

Have a wonderful evening!

lisa.

Linda R said...

Oh how I love sunsets. And these are gorgeous. I just love that last shot..

Hugs, Linda

Sharkbytes said...

Maybe that's why we like them- they make a place we may see every day look different every time.

Country Girl said...

And in Maine, they're an hour shorter. I know what you mean about the sunsets. I think many of us feel that way. Liquid gold here.

rainfield61 said...

It is February.

And we have only 29 days.

And you have only 29 sunsets.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Magnificent scenes.
I like your photos very much.

Regards and best wishes

lynnekovan.com said...

I just know that impulse to start madly clicking when the sun goes down. Lovely warm shots!

lynnekovan.com said...

I just know that impulse to start madly clicking when the sun goes down. Lovely warm shots!

Stewart M said...

Wow - that is a really great set of images.

Glass of wine, chair, beach, birds - not a bad combination all in all!

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

OceanoAzul.Sonhos said...

Reena, your photos are beautiful ... in fact the sunset is something that leaves us always fascinated...

Good week
cvb

Lara @ Uproad said...

amazing! words are too less to describe the wonderful feeling I get when looking at these photos!

edgar said...

There are so many momemnts that are free and wonderful and beauty that makes one breathless. These photos offer all those moments.

lifeisaroadtrip said...

Gorgeous photos, Reena! We always try and make a habit of going to the beach at sunset. I just wish that was every day!

Hilary said...

Oh how perfect are those skies!

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

Spectacular! How will you tear yourself away?!
Safe travels home!!

eileeninmd said...

Reena, what a beautiful sky and a lovely sight to see. I loved all the photos, especially the last pelican shot. Lovely post and gorgeous photos.

kelly said...

Love the sunsets, Love the birds

Kelly

Ruth said...

These are truly amazing, the colours are so wonderful, I'm soaking them up!

roobo69 said...

Incredible colours. I'm amazed at how phenomenal the world around us is.

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

Fabulous!
Congratulations on your POTW!

Grace said...

These pictures are beautiful.

Can I use them for my blog post on Feb. 28-29 ...the title is journey, my last day for the Haiku Challenge.

Thank you ~