S is for Sunset

While I adore a beautiful sunrise, there is nothing like a sunset at the beach, especially in September. Why? Because of the shift of the sun, the growing length of shadows and the crisper air.

Another great reason I love sunsets is the green flash. According to Wikipedia: “Green flashes and green rays are optical phenomena that sometimes occur right after sunset or right before sunrise. When the conditions are right, a green spot is visible above the upper rim of the disk of the sun. The green appearance usually lasts for no more than a second or two.”

Have  you ever seen a green flash?  I have…I’ve seen many and it’s so cool, and not just in September. As you sit there on the beach with family or friends, the sun sets and you anticipate this little green (and I mean little) light at the tail end of the sun sinking beneath the horizon. If it doesn’t happen, you can hear the folks around you moaning. Of course, it is a bit disappointing but the sunset is beautiful regardless.

Enjoy these photos of sunsets off the coast of west Florida.

 

S is for sunset.

Florida Sunsets

Sunset on Siesta Key

We hung out on Siesta Key one evening waiting for the sun to set.  It was beautiful.

SK sunset

How lovely!

Beached to see the sunset

We just waiting around to watch it set.

me and the boys

Gary and the boys

 There’s something about a sunset, even on a cloudy evening.  At the beach, people set up as if a party is about to begin, yet they sit or stand facing the same direction…sunward.  Hardly anyone talks.  They wait and stare as the sun slips into the sea.  Some drink wine or a cocktail.  Some ready their camera for the ultimate picture while others snap constant shots or videos.  On a particular night you can see a green flash.  Most nights you can hear someone or some group applauding after the last bit of orange disappears.  It is a beautiful thing to watch a sunset and a brilliant one is just spiritual.  A sunset is good for any spirit. 

Most nights we had a clear sky but on a cloudy night the sunset was still beautiful.

Cloudy, yet beautiful, sunset