Sun, sand and sea …
End of the day, Gulf Coast, Florida.
SUMMIT COUNTY — I’ve always thought that sunset is a great time to drop what you’re doing and reflect for a few minutes. Watching the sun slip below the horizon really gives me a sense of the inexorable spinning of our globe, and with that, the full reality that time never stops. Each day is a gift, and sunset is the perfect moment to consciously appreciate it. Next time you notice those dusk colors getting deeper in the sky, think about shutting down your computer, turning the TV off and spending a few moments outside, reflecting on the grace we’ve been given.
All the shots were taken on Manasota Key, in Englewood Florida.
The reflected colors on the shadow of the log make me think of a diamond ring.
A flying bird adds a bit of life to this scene.
Shot with the compact Fuji Finepix on a "sunset" setting that deepens the hues. I tried a vertical composition to add some depth to a simple image.
The log adds some interest, but it was the sunlit flecks of seafoam that caught my eye. I spent a few minutes at this spot, kneeling in the sand, trying to keep the camera dry and shooting at different settings as the sun inexorably sank lower. I wanted to get a shot of the sun beneath the arch of the log, but the tide was just a bit too high.
This vertical format enabled me to show some of the reflected color in the wet sand.
I didn't notice the intense reflection in the foreground until I looked at the shot on the screen. This ended up being my favorite shot in the series.
Since the sunset is all about color, I hesitated before rendering one of these images in black and white, but I ended up appreciating the crispness and the brightness of the foreground highlights reflecting in the sand.
At the other end of the spectrum, I purposely over-saturated this image to regain some of the water's turqouise essence that was lost in the brightness of shooting straight into the sun.
The most subtle shot in the series, this image evokes the closest thing to actually being there. The dead trees, by the way, are non-native tamarisks that were planted as wind breaks. Now, they are being eliminated from Stump Pass Beach State Park.
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