Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Sunsets

I don't know what you could say about a day in which you have seen four beautiful sunsets.
 ~ John Glenn

Four sunsets in one day would indeed be amazing. John Glenn and other astronauts certainly had unique perspectives of our world. At best, I can only photograph one sunset per day, though sometimes I can capture it in various ways. Most of the images below were from different day. There might be a bit of overlap here and there. I hope you enjoy them.



backlit qal2
Softly the evening came with the sunset. 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





hazy sunset
Bursts of gold on lavender melting into saffron. It's the time of day when the sky looks like it has been spray-painted by a graffiti artist. ~ Mia Kirshner





sunset sky 10
If I could lick the sunset, I’ll bet it would taste like Neapolitan ice cream.  ~ Jarod Kintz





sunset behind my old tree
Beautiful sunsets need Cloudy Skies. ~ Paulo Coelho






qal sunset2
The sunset faded and blended from pink to peach to mango in a smoothie in the sky. ~ Jarod Kintz






golden clouds4
Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under! ~ C. JoyBell C.





pink clouds3
It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream. ~ Bern Williams





sunset behind pinecones2
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





qal sunset
A large drop of sun lingered on the horizon and then dripped over and was gone, and the sky was brilliant over the spot where it had gone, and a torn cloud, like a bloody rag, hung over the spot of its going. And dusk crept over the sky from the eastern horizon, and darkness crept over the land from the east.” ~ John Steinbeck





car at sunset
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 good tern
Sunrise, sunset
Sunrise, sunset
Swiftly fly the years
One season following another
Laden with happiness and tears.
~ Sheldon Harnick





sunset going home4
All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks. ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton


Sorry - still no POTW, this week. There's not been enough time for visits which result in my not collecting posts to share. When time permits, I'll have the POTW back up and running. Until then I'll only have photos to share. Thanks for your understanding.  More photos in a few days.

54 comments:

Kat said...

Wow. Gorgeous as always. Nothing like a beautiful sunset.
I was just posting one on my blog too. :)

Midlife Jobhunter said...

I'm with Woody. Beautiful photos. Enjoy your time off. Summer is much too short.

ADRIAN said...

I never tire of looking at back lit seed heads.
Thank you.

Ruby said...

I love your silhouettes painted with sunsets. Beautiful post! Cheers, Ruby

Stephen Hayes said...

It was a really lousy sunset outside my window this evening but I had your lovely pictures to make up for it.

Murr Brewster said...

Oh MAN! Love those two taken from the same location, and the same evening too, unless you have your clouds trained. Which maybe you do.

Daniel LaFrance said...

All are special but the last one soothes me.

That Janie Girl said...

Gorgeous photography…soothing shots.

SueAnn Lommler said...

I think I can breath now.....fabulous photos! Each one...gorgeous!
Fabulous
Hugs
SueAnn

Brian Miller said...

wow...i am just in awe of your skies...the first one and the fourth are my favs...the ones with the flowers....so very cool hilary...

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

These are amazing pictures.

DJan said...

Thinking of a sunset tasting like neapolitan ice cream... I like that one. I love all the pictures, Hilary!

Mental P Mama said...

So beautiful! Enjoy your August!

Linda said...

Another wonderful selection of photos and quotations. I absolutely love the first photo, with the Queen Anne's Lace against that golden background. And the last photo...what a magnificent sunset you captured in that one.

TexWisGirl said...

all beautiful in differing ways. :)

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Gorgeous!

Although I don't miss living in Arizona, I do miss the sunsets those skies offered us. Your sunsets are wonderful!

June said...

I love sunsets and these are just wonderful. Wonderful.
I recall the evening I came indoors exclaiming, "I just got some beautiful sunset pictures!" and Husband said, "More?"

Thank you for the POTW last time! I didn't know about it until long after the event.

messymimi said...

More photos from you is just fine by me!

MaggieGem said...

Wonderful photography... a perfect way to start my day!

Out on the prairie said...

I have chased many, always hoping to have the best ever. I like how you played with the Queen Annes Lace.

Gillian Olson said...

Wow, such beautiful sunsets and silhoettes and so well matched to the quotes.

Mage said...

Lovely stuff. You always inspire me. Yesterday I forgot my camera too.

Steve Gravano said...

Beautiful collection of sunsets and verse. The silhouette of Queens Ann's Lace and the Kintz verse are great. I think I 'd like a sunset smoothie!

Jo said...

Beautiful. I love the fragile quality. Blushing clouds are my favorite.

One day I'd like to catch the legendary green flash just as the sun is sinking.

Mom of A and a said...

wonderful..the photos and the quotes!
I just posted my first guest post...hope you'll come over and check it out!

Daryl said...

gorgeous skies all

Bob Bushell said...

Wowee, they are fantastic, especially the last, it is superb.

Country Girl said...

Beauty overload. Oh, my stars!!

Scott said...

Some great sunset shots. I love sunsets so much that given half a chance I could post a sunset a day, but I've restricted myself to mostly one a week on Sunset Sundays. I'm sure glad you didn't restrict yourself to just one in this post.

Sandra said...

Wonderful, as ever. My favorite is the flower backlit by the sunset. Perfect. :)

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Spectacular shots!

Red said...

There may only be one sunset a day but that's enough for you to get some awesome pictures! Nicely done.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

And this is why I love sunsets, as evidenced by your photos. The colors are so spectacular! I never see this kind of color in a sunrise. Love these!

Cricket said...

Wow. how do you manage a shot straight into the sun and still get anything, much less a nice picture? Guess I really should at least rtfm on my camera before I ask.

The last one is the one for me, with elements of nature and city both. Yep. High-tension wires spoil nothing for me.

And a quotation from G.K. Chesterton, one of my favorites. My personal favorite line of his: Critics are specialists in the art of missing the point.

Who am I to criticize?

And for your soundtrack, I'm going to go out on a limb and recommend Before Sleeping, by aliensporebomb.

sage said...

Wonderful photos and quotes--especially the one from Fiddler on the Roof, a wonderful song!

Georgie K. Buttons said...

Ah. Beautiful. I caught a gorgeous sunset here last night. It's been on my mind most of the day. So wonderful.

louciao said...

Didn't your mother ever tell you not to look into the sun?! Well, if she did, I'm glad you ignored her advice and came up with these lovely warm sky shots.

photowannabe said...

Gorgeous and delightful sunsets Hilary.
The quotes are wonderful too.
Peach smoothie skies and neopolitan skies...good stuff.

ladyfi said...

Utterly gorgeous - so lovely. That first shot is magic.

chariskalee said...

I am always so thankful to be able to enjoy your talent Hilary! Thanks for sharing.

yaya said...

Love them! The pink sky is so beautiful and I do believe you were at my house when you shot the scraggly pine top? Looks like it!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

My soul sings at the multitude of colors the sky presents to us. Fantastic, Hilary.

diätplan said...

very good post

Zuzana said...

Oh, this is just the post for me, as you know i love sunsets and evening skies. Your photos are always stunning, just when I think I have seen the best, the next one outdoes the rest.;)
I have posted a tribute to the summer sun myself today and just like you, have no time to blog as of lately, way to busy living.;) But i guess soon the autumn winds arrive, confiding us indoors and we can return to writing.
Have a nice weekend Hilary,
xoxo

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

That first photo stopped me in my tracks and took my breath away. (Okay, since I am sitting here blogging, imagine the equivalent happening at my dining room table.)
There is just *something* about the brightness of the light and the dark silhouette of the dying flower that speaks poetry to my soul.

Suldog said...

In the shot of the pink/purple one, I like the four birds silhouetted.

Friko said...

A wonderful collection of sunsets. Even experiencing only one or two of them would please my soul

Indrani said...

Fantastic compositions. Love the way you framed the setting sun.

waldlaeufer68 said...

wow, fantastic pictures, the sun and the colors look gorgeous look really nice ..
Greetings from Germany
frank

Barb said...

Each frame is showcasing the coming of night in a unique way. The silhouettes are wonderful!

SandyCarlson said...

These are amazing. That first shot is my favorite. You amaze me.

Anvilcloud said...

Like them all and love the macros.

Susan in the Boonies said...

Such clouds! Such light!

Beautiful!

lime said...

just stunning. the colors are so wonderfully captured.

have you ever read "the little prince?" his planet is so small he can see as many sunsets as he wants if he keeps moving his chair around his tiny planet. :)