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A Rainbow of Sunsets

Vermilion on the Lake

Well, another sunset season is coming to an end for me, and I have to say that it makes me a little melancholy. From the months of April through October, the rotation of the Earth and the sun are perfectly aligned, so I get to see the sun drop into Lake Erie on a regular basis. It’s getting cooler, so I can’t sit outside in shorts and enjoy nature’s free light show anymore, but I’m still venturing out with a few extra layers and snapping up lots of pictures while I can.

It has been a great season of sunsets, and I took the time recently to click through all the pictures I took to pick out a few favorites. As I was doing so, I marveled at how different the script is every night, with the colors of the sky and the water all different shades from the rainbow and the sometimes not-so-subtle nuances of the clouds for added dimension. The soundtrack can vary too, with either wind, waves, or calm waters.

So, I thought I would share some of the rainbow colors of the summer 2010 sunset season.

This photo was taken on August 12. I love the hazy, lazy, fuzzy, pink sky and the shimmery silver-blue color of the water. It was hot this day, but the water looked very cool.

Pink and silvery blue sunset over Lake Erie

On June 28 the sky lit up in a deep orange and gold that was amazing.

Beautiful Lake Erie Sunset

This was the romantic purple haze and sultry pink sunset from July 8. I love the colors of the sun sparkling off the surface of the water. The cloud formation at the horizon added just the right amount of flair to the occasion.

Purple haze sunset over Lake Erie

On September 26 the sunset started out pretty tame.

Beautiful sunset over Lake Erie

And then the clouds put on a little fireworks show of their own.

Beautiful pink clouds at sunset

The clouds really deserve a Best Supporting Actress award this year, as they provided lots of drama and, in this case, they were channeling rays of light from the heavens. This picture is from July 18.

Ray of sunlight through the clouds at sunset

When I heralded the beginning of sunset season this year, I thought it would be interesting to count the number of hours I logged watching the sunset. I totally forgot to do this, but I did count the number of pictures I took, and there were over 300. I’m going to savor these last few weeks of sunset season, but this winter when I’m cold and missing my sunset, I’ll have plenty of beautiful pictures to cheer me up. I’ll also be saving up to buy a new camera so I can take even better pictures next year.

If you want to see more of my Lake Erie 2010 Sunset Series photos search the Sunsets & Sea glass category on MariaMedia.

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3 People have left comments on this post

» Joan Zitté said: { Sep 29, 2010 - 12:25 PM }

Dear Friend. Its @jzitte wanna send you some pics from sunsets. Are from my country Venezuela on the Jungle and some beachs!

» Maria @ MariaMedia said: { Sep 30, 2010 - 12:01 AM }

Joan – I would love to see your pictures! Can you upload them to twitpic?