Saturday, October 3, 2009

Sunsets Unlimited

Our recent visit up at the cottage was cold and rainy. Leaves have begun to change into their autumn colours, but there was little sunlight and so the season's finest appeared mildly drab. I've not yet uploaded any photos taken in the past week or so. Those will have to wait until later in the week, but to add a bit of colour to this post, I looked back at a few sunsets seen up at the cottage from the months of August and September. Please remember to click on them to enlarge.

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore

"Softly the evening came. The sun from the western horizon Like a magician extended his golden want o'er the landscape; Trinkling vapors arose; and sky and water and forest Seemed all on fire at the touch, and melted and mingled together." ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"After a day of cloud and wind and rain Sometimes the setting sun breaks out again, And touching all the darksome woods with light, Smiles on the fields until they laugh and sing, Then like a ruby from the horizon's ring, Drops down into the night." ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"How fine has the day been! how bright was the sun, How lovely and joyful the course that he run! Though he rose in a mist when his race he begun, And there followed some droppings of rain: But now the fair traveler's come to the west, His rays are all gold, and his beauties are best; He paints the skies gay as he sinks to his rest, And foretells a bright rising again." ~ Isaac Watts

"'Tis the sunset of life gives me mystical lore, and coming events cast their shadows before." ~ Thomas Campbell

"Today I saw a red and yellow sunset and thought, how insignificant I am! Of course, I thought that yesterday too, and it rained." ~ Woody Allen

"One of the most satisfying experiences I know is fully to appreciate an individual in the same way I appreciate a sunset. When I look at a sunset...I don't find myself saying, 'Soften the orange a little more on the right hand corner, and put a bit more purple along the base, and use a little more pink in the cloud color...' I don't try to control a sunset. I watch it with awe as it unfolds." ~ Carl R. Rogers

"It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream." ~ Bern Williams

"Give me the splendid silent sun at sunset." ~ Walt Whitman

"The sunset caught me, turned the brush to copper, set the clouds to one great roof of flame above the earth." ~ Angela Sanbrano

"The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire" ~ Pamela Hansford Johnson


Hilary said...

Awesome pictures....I am not surprised!!!
The one of the row boat is my favorite.
Had Congdon's doughnuts the other day.....again. Didn't you say you had been there...YUM.

Tabor said...

As I wrote in a prior blog post, I have over 300 photos of sunsets just this year. When on the water, they are the loveliest! Your photos will warm you this winter.

NJ said...

Hilary, your shots always take my breath away. What a nice collection of sunsets! I've been seeing a lot of awesome sunrises in the last two weeks on my way to work now that the days are shorter.

Thumbelina said...

Oh Hilary these are magnificent. I love the one of the boat and Carl Rogers' quote too. He is so right. If only we remembered that with people... :)

ellen abbott said...

Fabulous pics. I may have to do that myself since I have quite a collection of sunset photos.

MaggieGem said...

BrillantSunset2 is an absolutely fabulous shot! I love the colors <3.

As always, a great trip along the lake with inspiring words. Happy Weekend.

Daryl said...

Ah to be on the beach while the sunsets ~ Daryl Edelstein

Gary's third pottery blog said...

yes, long winter ahead....

Elizabeth Bradley said...

What a spot! And the pic with the hammock and the last pic are my faves, (not easy to choose any over the other because they're all so great).

Anonymous said...

I LOVE the last quote. The picts in this post remind me I have floowed your blog for awhile, because I recognize the seasons changing here again with you :).

Anonymous said...

The Longfellow quote "melted and mingled together" goes so perfectly with that 2nd photograph. These are all so uniquely beautiful.
Thank you for my early morning "shot" of beautiful words and beautiful photographs. ♥

Anonymous said...

I love your photos! I'm so in love with the sunsets, and sunrises now that I'm up early enough to see them! It's so different here because in Orford, I was surrounded by the woods, so I never had a clear view of the sky, I love it! Great quotations too, lol at the Woody Allen one!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photographs. Thanks for visiting.

Swetha said...

superb pictures:) i loved the 1st sunset the most.. its beautiful .. the pink sky .. and the water.. wow.. its gr8 !

Russell said...

Very nice -- each and every one.

I especially liked the aluminum fishing boat with the outboard motor tied to the dock. I remember spending many hours in a boat just like that when I went to Ontario years ago.

I can almost smell the gasoline from the motor and hear it as it starts and see the little puff of blue smoke (probably not a good sign but...).

Truly God's country. You are a very wealthy person to live where you do and spend time in such a beautiful place!

Samson said...

Lovely photo's :)

The Merry said...

Thank you for sharing these photos! It's rare 'round these parts to get a really colorful sunset, so I appreciate their beauty all the more vicariously through your photos.

Merisi said...

Wouldn't you expect that a thoughtful photographer like yourself would squirrel away fabulous and colourful images for those dank gray days? Yes, we would, but still, the exquisite selection from your colour plate is even more enchanting than could be hoped for! Wonderful collection, indeed.

I hope that beautiful sunny autumn weather has reached your shores in the meantime!

Shammickite said...

Hi Hilary! Your sunset pictures are truly lovely. Isn't a sunset an amazing event? We think of it as the sun going down, but it's really our world turning away from the sun. And we can always count on the sun returning to warm us a few hours later, as we spin through space.

Karen said...

Hilary, my what great pictures you take! Isn't it amazing! I love the colors and water. The quotes were great too.

The pictures do make me dream.

Barbara Martin said...

I love the photos of the lake with the sunsets! Getting away before winter sets in is so important. I went to the Markham Fair today just for the purpose of escaping the city and it's pollution.

Joanna Jenkins said...

I'm speechless by their beauty. WOW.

Country Girl said...

Each one is more spectacular than the last. Big sigh escapes me here.

Arti said...

I came here via a link from ds' third-storey window. I've enjoyed your wonderful photos, and love those quotes! I'm a fellow Canadian, from Alberta. Recently I went on a cruise to Alaska and was fortunate enough to catch a few sunset pics as we crossed the Inside Passage. You're welcome to stop by. I'm glad I've found your blog.

SandyCarlson said...

These sunsets are gorgeous. Liquid gold. Wonderful stuff.

Our autumn has been strangely drab, too. We are kind of limping into the season that defines our region. Or should.

Have a great week.

~JarieLyn~ said...

The photo with the hammock is my absolute favorite. All of your photos are terrific, and I am never disappointed when I visit your blog.

Anita said...

Every time I thought I'd seen my favorite, another would emerge further down the line! All very beautiful!

Hilary said...

• Thanks very much, Hilary. I have indeed been to Congdon's. They still haunt me as the best doughnuts i've ever tasted. And the warmest, friendliest service too. Have one for me next time you stop there. :)

• Tabor, I'm looking forward to seeing some of your many sunset photos over the course of the winter too. I think you're right about their bringing warmth through the season. Thanks always for stopping by. :)

• Thanks kindly, NJ. I've seen far fewer sunrises than sunsets. Maybe it's time to head out and find a few good ones now that they're happening later. Thanks for the always kind words. Much appreciated. :)

• Thank you, Thumbelina. I'm so glad you like the photos and quotes. Always good to see you stop by, my friend. :)

• Thanks, Ellen. I'll look forward to seeing them. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks kindly, Maggie Gem. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. Much appreciated. :)

• Best sunset quote ever, Daryl! ;)

• True, Gary.. and then spring! ;)

• Thanks very much, Elizabeth. I'm pleased that you enjoyed the photos. Your kind words are much appreciated. :)

• MT, that's so sweet that you remember the change of seasons in my blog photos. We have indeed followed one another's posts for quite some time now, and I'm grateful for that. Thanks always for your warm visits. :)

• Thank you so much, KC. You have a way of making me feel pretty special when you visit. You're a gift. :)

• Thank you, Rain. I knew someone would get a kick out of Woody Allen's quote. I'm not surprised it was you. :) I'm glad you're enjoying your PEI sunrises and sets. There's certain beauty to the woods, of course, but there's nothing like the waterfront for watching the sun do its thing. Thanks always for stopping by. :)

• Thank you, Abe. Much appreciated. :)

• Thanks for the kind words, Pranksy. Much appreciated. :)

• Thank so kindly, Russell. I totally agree with you about living in this area. I feel very grateful that I can spend time where I do with fine people in beautiful surroundings. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks always for stopping by. :)

• Thank you, Samson. Much appreciated. :)

• Thanks so much, Merry. I'm glad you can enjoy the sunsets through my photos. You're always welcome to share. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks you very much for your ultra-kind words, Merisi. I never intentionally squirreled these photos away. It's just that every time I thought to post them, something more interesting came along. This time I was ready for them. Thanks always for dropping by. :)

• You're quite right of course, Shammie. The sun doesn't truly set.. we do. I'm glad you stopped by to enjoy the photos and share your own views. Much appreciated. :)

• Thanks very much, Karen. I'm so glad you enjoyed the photos and quotes. Thanks kindly for letting me know. :)

• Thank you, Barbara. You're right about the importance of escaping every now and then. I haven't been to a fall fair in a pretty long time. I hope you enjoyed your rest from the city as much as I did. :)

• Thanks kindly, Joanna. Much appreciated. :)

• Thank you, Kate. I'm glad you enjoyed them. :)

• Welcome, Arti and thanks for the kind words. I'm glad you followed that link on DS's blog too. I'll be sure to visit your blog shortly after I reply to comments. Thanks for the visit. I hope you'll return soon. :)

• Thank you, Sandy. "Limping into the season" is an apt description. You should be a poet! ;) You are indeed a fine poet. Thanks always for stopping by. :)

• Thanks very kindly, JarieLyn. That's a good thing because I'm always very happy when you show up. :)

• Thank you, Anita. That's kind of how I felt about each of the sunsets as they evolved. I always thought I caught it at its peak.. and then they became even more colourful. Nature is pretty wonderful that way. Thanks for the visit. :)

Sugar Creek Beads said...

Stunning photos. I seem to always feel peaceful when looking at a sunset. Thank you for the peaceful feeling tonite. Jeanne

Frank Baron said...

Even though I've seen most of these (both through my eyes and your lens) it's still a wonderful treat to see them posted here beside each other.

We were blessed to have experienced them, and good on you for capturing them so beautifully and sharing that experience with others. :)

kazia said...

amazing :)

Leah J. Utas said...

Magnificent. Brings peace and rest to the soul while being invigorating.

Bubblewench said...

Love the sunset with the hammock! Brilliant colors!

Cheffie-Mom said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the sunset with the hammock!! Beautiful!!

Suldog said...

Lovely. The contrasts are magnificent, of course, and - as always - the words are an added bonus of goodness.

Crabby McSlacker said...

What a spectacular collection of sunsets! Really enjoyed them all.

Mental P Mama said...

Absolutely breathtaking. Every. Single. One.

Dianne said...

you capture light like a goddess!!

Tom Bailey said...

I love these pictures... the only problem? I feel so relaxed looking at them that I need a nap.

SandyCarlson said...

I really love that second shot!

Bogey said...

I never thought you could outdo yourself until I saw this post. Absolutly fantastic pics. A veritable picture show of Serenity. An artist on a blank canvas would have difficulty capturing the colours you portrayed here. And the selection of captions could not improved upon. Very, very, very well done Hilary.

JC said...

What a wonderfully calming post. Love the pictures and the narrative. Thanks!!!

blunoz said...

Spectacular! My favorites were the first two with the water so smooth, and the last one with the deep red in the sunset. Great pics!

Lulda Casadaga said...

I like the 2nd pic, but they are all spectacular!

it's great to see these lovely sunsets filled with oranges & gold...because, soon enough we will be seeing your lovely white splendid series! :D

Enjoy your week...

Nancy said...

You have had some unbelievable sunsets this year. Wow!! We are down in the trees and the one thing I miss is the spectacular sunsets we had in our last house.

Sandi McBride said...

As usual, the most beautiful photos of sunsets on the web...thanks are a marvel!

Reb said...

Stunning! They are all so beautiful.

photowannabe said...

Oh my goodness!!! How do you ever come home from such a beautiful sight? Watching those sunsets must make you breathless. The blood red sky with the hammock in the foreground is amazing. We just don't have sunsets like that here in my part of California.
Thank you my Friend for all your tender and touching comments while going through the ugly Piggy Flu. It has meant so much to have friends staying in touch.
Hubby and I are going to escape tomorrow for a few days of rest and a change of scenery. By the time we return all the nasty germy bugs should be dead and we should be back to "normal"....whatever that is.

Hilary said...

• Thanks so much for the kind words, Jeanne. I'm glad the sunset images brought you peace. Thanks for visiting and letting me know that. :)

• Thank you, Frank. We sure were treated to many of them over the course of this summer in particular. I'm especially happy that I got to share them with you. Thanks for that. :)

• Thank you, Kazia. :)

• Thanks very much, Leah. Each of them did exactly that. Thanks kindly for stopping by. :)

• Thanks, Bubblewench. I spent a lot of time playing with that scene. I'm glad you enjoyed the outcome. :)

• Thanks so much, Cheffie. I'm glad you do! :)

• Thanks kindly, Suldog. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. As always, your visit is very much appreciated. :)

• Thanks very much, Crabby. I'm glad you did. :)

• Thank you, MPM. Very much appreciated. :)

• Thank you so much, Dianne. Your comment made my day! :)

• Thanks very much, Tom. Well you stopped at the right place for a nap. I just happen to have a hammock. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks for the return visit, Sandy.. and for your always-kind words. :)

• Thank you so much, Bogey. Your very kind words give me such a lift. I'm glad you enjoyed the post.. photos and quotes. Thanks always for stopping by. :)

• Thank you, JC. I'm pleased that you think so. :)

• Thanks very much, Kevin. I'm glad that you like them. Much appreciated. :)

• Thanks very kindly, Lulda. I'm glad you like the photos. I'm not looking forward to that white stuff as much as you are though! Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks, Nancy. Yes, much like Rain said (12th comment) - the woods, beautiful as they are, just don't allow for the open spaces required to enjoy a sunset. No doubt you still enjoy the beauty they bring in other ways. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thank you so much, Sandi. You've brought a big smile to my face. Thanks always for your kind words. :)

• Thanks very much, Reb. Much appreciated. :)

• Thank you so much, Sue. I'm so glad to hear that you're feeling better now, and that you're getting away for a bit. Your always kind words are very much appreciated. Thanks kindly for that.. and of course for your regular visits. :)

ds said...

Why did I wait so long to come over here? This. Is. Perfect.
Thank you!

Pauline said...

What a wonderful marrying of images and verse, they complimented each other perfectly. Your photos are heavenly. Thanks for stopping by my blog and I must thank JarieLyn for leading me here in a roundabout sort of way.

Midlife Roadtripper said...

I think we could hang at the lake together, just fine. Hammock, boat, sunsets. Works for me.

Rinkly Rimes said...

Perfectly chosen words to accompany perfectly filmed photographs.

Grayquill said...

Nice pictures. It looks like a great relaxing atmosphere.

Hilary said...

• Thank you, DS. Your visits are always worth waiting for. :)

• Welcome, Pauline and thanks very much for your kind words. And yes, thank you to JarieLyn too for linking us to you. :)

• Thanks, MJ. I'd have no problem with that. I'll bring the wine! ;)

• Thanks very much, Rinkly. Much appreciated. :)

• Thank you, Grayquill. It is indeed. :)

Donna B. said...

Your pictures are like somewhere in Paradise...absolutely beautifu. You are so blessed to have such a serene place to go. I was googling mystical sunset images for my blog, and your photos appeared. May I ask if I could use one for the header in my blog? Please let me know by emailing me back at No pressure, I just admire your photos and know my followers would enjoy it too. I would mention you and your blog and place a link to your blog. Thank you. Donna

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