27 – Sunsets

The sunset photos are courtesy of others willing to share. Don’t forget the links after the last video for more about sunset.

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I like walking on the beach. It’s good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

Although the sun is high as I walk toward the west, the sun will set in a few hours.

Photo by Deanna Rhea

I favor sunrises over sunsets – an event that only we early birds see. Whereas sunrise appears as faint music we hear arising from the quiet that continues crescendoing until its midday peak, the sunset is the corresponding decrescendo that fades away into the silence of the night.

However, now I wonder: Will today’s sunset be brilliant? Time will tell, so now I think of the time of day that captures many hearts – sunsets.

Like sunrise, sunset is a time when we patiently watch the sun without squinting – without worry of harm – a time when we are taken by its peacefulness and feeling of comfort.

Photo by Deanna Rhea

Sunset is a time when blues, pinks, yellows, and oranges paint a beautiful picture that is also unique. A picture that nature will paint only once.

Sunset is a time when colors depend on the presence of particles, water droplets, and just enough clouds in the sky to display the day’s final brilliance.

Sunset is a time when the shadows are long and point to the east – but they will soon disappear into the dark – very soon.

Photo by Minda McCracken

Sunset is a combination of fascination and melancholy that says goodbye to the day, then hello to a new evening.

Sunsets mark the end of the day and the beginning of a time to rest. But for the night owls, the day is young as they will embrace the dark.

Sunsets are an opportunity. An opportunity to give thanks for another day. An opportunity for a beautiful cap to an ordinary day. An opportunity to refocus from a difficult day. An opportunity to see beauty and dream beautiful.

Photo by Louise Bolin

Sunsets over the water are sensual as we watch the lowering sun softly and slowly kiss the sea. The sun appears as a candle drip that disappears while leaving a brilliant light in the west while darkness is engulfing the sky from the east.

The sun is gone, but the bright sky of dusk remains as a distant bonfire celebrating the passing day that is now a memory.

Sunsets are peaceful – a time when its beauty can fill the heart and energize the soul with liquid sunsets.

Photo by Celia Anne

Sunsets symbolize the end of one’s life. Starting at the birth of sunrise, our life is the sun’s arc across the sky. A life full of ups and downs – happiness and sadness – successes and failures – a journey when we interact with many – even influencing some. As our sun disappears, our memories live on in those who remain – yet in time, most of us will be forgotten – simply fading away as the sun that never rises again. Oh yes – the symbolism of the sunset years and riding off into the sunset.

While the sunset is full of wonder, mystery, and symbolism, I will watch today’s sunset with a renewed sense of its meaning – all because I like walking on the beach for it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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138 thoughts on “27 – Sunsets”

  1. Hope you had a lovely break Frank. The sunset captures are brilliant and so are your words.
    Sunset paints the horizon with dazzling swirls of colors, depicting its mood, each evening creating a unique masterpiece that soothes the weary heart and delights the eyes!!

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    1. Rashika,
      As the first to comment, your words about sunsets are outstanding … painting, moods, soothing … you wonderfully summed up sunsets in one sentence. Thank you!

      Blog break was good as I used it as a getaway while freeing up holiday time – but also for planning & preparing ahead here. I’m off and running again, but this was the second post coming back, and you may enjoy the previous walk because it has a fun feel. A belated Happy New Year to you.

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  2. I am one of those so called night owls, likely on account of my work…
    But I have always admired sunsets.

    Years ago, when I worked a lot of night duty shifts, the sun would come up on one part of our building, and it was such a rosy-orange hue, reflecting off all the windows. And so brief. It seems sunsets linger longer, (but likely not really)

    I work caring for peeps n their sunset years, and its very rewarding…though there are its sadnesses as well…

    Thanks for this very thoughtful post!

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    1. Meezer,
      I love the way you related sunrises and sunsets to your work. Fabulous and thanks for sharing that. I’ve never thought about how sunrise seems more sudden while sunsets linger. Hmmmmm … although we know the pre-sunrise can be glorious, to me, this is a great example of perception & perspective. I like it!

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  3. What a beautiful post, Frank. As you know I favor sunrise to sunsets as fresh beginnings… but sunrises aren’t as spectacular and flamboyand as sunrises. You gotta love that! Great photos! Yamas!

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  4. A good sunset truly is balm for the soul. As is a good sunrise. At the moment, these are timed just at the right moment for breakfast. What a great start to the day! And Frank, I’ve been forgetting that you suggested I might be able to help by digging out a photo or two, and somehow I haven’t. If you want to send me your future topics, I’ll see if I can help, but you seem to have got a stalwart band together!

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    1. Margaret,
      You captured my attention with “balm for the soul” … that’s absolutely brilliant. It’s so interesting that a post on sunsets coincided with your sunrise today. I can see how that’s a great start to the day! Glad you enjoyed these images, and I’ll email today you regarding the photos.

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  5. Hello Frank, I hope you and your family are doing well. This post have me heartache and I don’t know why!! your words coupled with these stunning photos are sublime. Sunsets make me sad for some reason, but the good kind of sad like thoughtful nostalgia. They are refreshing on the soul as the sand is on the feet 🙂 Beautiful! I hope you have had a good holiday season.

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    1. Lenora,
      I can sense your melancholy feeling the post created for you. In a weird way, I see it as a good thing because I think that’s what sunsets do. No matter how brilliant the sky show, after watching a sunset, there is a bit of a down feeling. “Nostalgic” is a good descriptor. And as you mentioned, the feeling in a good way. I haven’t thought about the parallel of my written tone and the feeling after sunsets, but if I matched it, you made me feel very good about this post. Thank you! A belated Happy New Year to you. All considering, all is well here during these crazy times. How are you doing? Has the baby made its grand appearance?

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  6. I love the way the sun paints the sky at sunset and sunrise…….just like in the mountains when it appears or disappears with the time of day. Starts and finishes. As beautiful as the sun is at start and finish, it’s how we fill the time in between that truly matters. Great post!

    Pam

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      1. Here at home I love our “relationship” with the sun as it plays in the trees coming up or going down but being surrounded by big trees is such a different experience than at a beach with ENDLESS skies.

        Pam

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  7. Wow – great words to describe your subject of sunsets. Beautiful pictures. My favorite things in life are sunrises and sunsets – I try not to miss the sky when it lights up the world.

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  8. Beautiful words and stunning photos, Frank. Well, you know I’m a morning person, and I almost always see the sunrise. Both sunrise and sunset are beautiful though, especially over the water.
    And since you like songs, there’s, “Sunrise, Sunset” from Fiddler. 😀

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  9. There’s something magical about a good sunset, Frank. Where I am, the sunsets lend themselves better to viewing than the sunrises, probably because there are so many trees to the east but the west is an open field. While I love the idea of a fresh, new day with a clean slate that sunrises offer, there’s something to be said for a golden sun dipping into the west amid pinks, oranges, and purples. Thanks for a lovely read!

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    1. Debbie,
      Can’t believe I missed responding … sorry about that. “Magical” is a good term for both sunrise and sunset. The view at my house is similar to yours as my view is blocked to the east but to the west is much better. I can’t see the sunset, BUT … oh do I have a great view for the glories of the post-sunset sky.

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  10. I love sunsets as I can’t get to a nice spot to see the sunrise (were I so inclined to get up early enough).
    I’ve caught a few beautiful ones lately but your collaborators on this one? Wowzers…

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  11. I, like you, see more sunrises than sunsets. Here the sunset is generally behind a lot of houses and at that time of day, I’m getting dinner/supper ready so I usually can’t get somewhere to better see it. Places where I remember outstanding sunsets are Jamaica, Costa Rica, and Baja California as well as Wyoming. The beautiful ending to one day, especially if it was a bad day, and the promise of sleep and a new days are something we can remember with each sunset.

    janet

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    1. Janet,
      Bingo … love the last sentence. Whereas many talk about sunrise as the promise of the new day and a fresh start, I like the way you flipped the same idea to sunsets. Brilliant! Thanks for sharing some of your favorite sunsets. My most memorable one was in Kauai. Ahhhhh ……

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  12. Sunsets are truly that magical and one at the ocean is that liquid gold beauty that invokes gratitude naturally. I enjoy pondering over the differences between sunrise and sunset, and sincerely hope that I evolve enough to catch as many sunrises as sunsets 🙂

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    1. PD,
      Magical – liquid gold beauty invoking gratitude naturally – wow, what a loaded sentence. Love it! To me, both sunrise and sunsets provide their own artistic brilliance. People probably treat them differently based on their point in the day. Oh well, I can say this was a fun one to write.

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  13. What gorgeous photos, Frank. I do love sunset at the beach. It’s a magical time when I can reflect on the day as it closes. I have my own little evening rituals, and that includes a time to examine the day as it comes to an end. And somehow watching the sun set over the ocean and slip down into the water, at least as a child that’s what I thought happened, it’s a reverent and holy moment. Loved this post, my friend.

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    1. Debra,
      Given your location, I’m sure you have seen your share of sunsets over water. Unfortunately, that coast doesn’t delivery the same opportunity for sunrises. But that’s OK because you seem to take full advantage of the opportunities you get. Thanks for sharing a bit of your ritual. 🙂

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  14. I would have a hard time choosing sunrise or sunset as a favorite. Although I think sunset is usually most beautiful. However, I can think back to a couple of amazing beach vacations where I rose before sunrise out of anticipation for the adventures we would experience during our beach vacation. There is no more thrill than that first morning, watching the sunrise over the ocean on the start of a new beach adventure 🌅

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    1. Lisa,
      No doubt that sunrise and sunset are special moments – and each can be glorious. Outside of the beauty, they bring different feelings because of their point in our day. However, an earlier comment by Janet makes a great point where she mentions sunsets as a beginning (or something like that). Thanks for sharing and hope you received my email.

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  15. What pictures! Sunset is my favorite time of day. I especially enjoy watching the sun go down this time of year, when the leaves are off the tree, and I can actually see the horizon as I sit on the couch with my afternoon tea.

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  16. “A distant bonfire” – I love that description of a sunset. I’m sure you’ve noticed that the sun setting over the water is a vastly different site to when the sun sets across land. For one thing, a sunset over the water is really double the value, as you have the magical site of the blazing sky reflected in the water as well. 😊

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    1. Joanne,
      Absolutely agree about the sunset over water vs over land. When over land, I attention is drawn to the post-sunset skies – and from home, we get to see some wonderful color. When we are at the beach., I’m drawn to both the sun setting and the post-sunset sky. It’s the colors of the post-sunset sky is what you capture so well, with the added value of something the beach doesn’t have – the mountains and the valley.

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  17. You found some spectacular photos to share, Frank! I loved this thought: “The sun is gone, but the bright sky of dusk remains as a distant bonfire celebrating the passing day that is now a memory.” Makes me think of how much my son and daughter-in-law love reminiscing around a firepit after dark.

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    1. Barbara,
      Thanks for letting me know your favorite line. Actually, your the second to mention the distant bonfire. 🙂 I had many images from which to select, so I picked the most vibrant … and gathering around the campfire is a good follow-up to a sunset! Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Phenomenal photographs of mesmerizing sunsets, aFrank.
    I adore sunsets because of the varied colors that come from the different seasons.
    Sunrises are perfect to wake me on my balcony while on a cruise. I never get up earlier that 7 am except when traveling. Both sunrises and sunsets have their place for those who occupy this small place we call planet earth. Namaste … Cheers to both … Stay Healthy … Be Safe 😷
    Isadora 😎

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  19. Oh my goodness, what beautiful photos of sunsets! Such a precious moment in our days when we can see them… We live in the woods where we can’t see the horizon, so I especially appreciate being somewhere to see them.

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    1. Kathy,
      Glad you enjoyed this collection. These photos are quite vibrant, a good reason I selected them. Because you are in the woods, I had a thought. Sure the trees block your horizon, but in the winter, can you occasionally see the glorious skies of sunsets through the gaps?

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    1. Bacardi,
      Welcome first-time beach walk on my personal beach. Glad you enjoyed the collaboration about sunsets. I’m the writer, but occasionally use photos submitted or supplied by others as a feature. Sometimes I use my photos or those from Pexels. How did you find discover Beach Walk Reflections?

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      1. Same thing with me. Sometimes I used my photos and other times I used the wordpress supplied photos. Well, I find it relaxing to read and it’s loaded with informations pertaining to the topic. To summarize it, it is an informational post.

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  20. DUDE. Dude. These pictures are amazing. They give me that Bob Ross vibe. Sunsets and Sunrises on the beach are moments for pause no doubt. But you totally captured it. Opportunities. They are opportunities. Reflections and pause to get over a bad day and remember that your ending or beginning can be extraordinary. These pics are so beautiful. I’ve been enjoying sunsets more and taking more pics of them now during pandemic times. Not at the beach but still, a moment. High five to the photographers who shared the magic. You match them perfectly with your words and vibes. Thanks for the post.

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  21. Sunset or sunrise, not many are spectacular where I live.
    However, I have always preferred sunsets. Not sure why. I lived in Vancouver for 8 years. The sun sets over the ocean there. They were all special…. a little special, or massively special.
    I lived in Miami Beach for almost a year, many years ago. The sunrises were fab there.
    In the end, both are poignant, and very, very worthy of a Frank Beach Walk. Thank you!

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