November 24, 2009

Sublime Sunset.

The sight of the sun in the season of late fall and winter is uncommon and the vision of sunsets almost absent. Setting early in the afternoons, the sun is very elusive, gone long before I return home.

The golden disk lies ever so low in the sky and as fall becomes winter, it moves to the southwest, no longer setting over a natural horizon. Still, if I am lucky to be home on a sunny day and the conditions are right, I get to see a glimpse of it as it slowly disappears behind the hills lying in the south. As it shifts out of sight, the birch trees and farms in my view become dark silhouettes on a canvas of silver. Like a gentle painter, the sun leaves behind brush strokes of warm colours on the evening sky for a short instance, before submerging us in dense darkness yet again, without any promises to return...


Tom said...

Protege - a beautiful sunset as ever! You're so lucky to live in a place where you can get a clear view to the west for sunsets.

I hope you don't mind, but that top picture of yours could look even more beautiful by cropping away the sky at the top and the edges. I had a quick go myself and think this looks a little nicer. What do you think?

All the best,


what an absolutely beautiful photo - so glad I've discovered your blog !

MsTypo said...

I feel bad that all i can say about those pics is wow and gorgeous. Your photos are beautiful. Those colours!!! amazing!

Hilary said...

Wow that's a beauty of a sunset. Even more so because it's such a rare gift for you this time of year.
I love the colours you've captured. That fiery orange and the gold tones in the lower horizon are magical.. but mostly, that turquoise-blue sky is incredible and contrasts the orange perfectly. With all due respect to Tom and his wonderful photographer's eye, I think that your photo is perfect as is.

Reading Tea Leaves said...

I love your beautiful descriptions of nature and in particular the sunsets - beautiful photos as ever.

Jeanne x

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Betsy Brock said...

That is a gorgeous orange sky! You mentioned the other day that there is a shorter amount of daylight there in the fall and winter, but I didn't realize that you meant the sun set in the afternoon! Yes, that would be significant! No wonder you love the candles this time of year!

Sumandebray said...

thats all I can say

Julie Hibbard said...

You always remind me to take a look around--to stop and smell the roses--or to at least look up at the sky and marvel at its beauty!
Thank you SO much for that gentle nudge back to the appreciation of what can so be easily overlooked.

Kath said...

Only nature could combine orange and turquoise so beautifully!

Brian Miller said...

oh wow...whay beautiful display the painter has left behind for us today..ahhh...

sallymandy said...

Lovely. I adore your photos of the changing views from your house. Thanks, as always!

Anonymous said...

Your little birch tree does not have to display all the color herself - she looks lovely with the sunset behind her!

Have a beautiful day!

Claus said...

You wrote in such poetic way, the pictures seem even more beautiful!! Wonderful photographs Zuzana. Thank you for sharing! *hugs*

Cat in the road said...

This posting ‘I really like.’ Your poetic words sound like they belong in a fable. I like how you keep the reader hanging at the end. These photos of the sunset are incredible. It’s almost like Mother Nature sets it up just for you to capture. I have no idea what kind of camera you use because the colors are vibrant. But, it would all be meaningless if you didn’t have that photographic eye. I’ll be gone for the next few days so in the meantime I want to wish you a “Happy Thanksgiving” xx ;-))

Nessa said...

That sky is spectacular.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving. Turkey Butt


beautiful images beautiful words beautiful thoughts - and so generous and thoughtful of you to share such a wonderfully lovely sunset! thank you!

the sunsets here on the coast are always magnificent - they seem crisper more intense more colorful more everything! the other evening there was one of those settings that seemed to hold 2 suns separated by beautiful ribbons of purple and crimson clouds - gorgeous but i was unable to capture it - but these were gentle reminders of that day! :)

Diane said...

Lovely, Z. Much prettier than the grey skies we've been seeing of late! Sun? What's that? ;)

Elizabeth said...

What a beautiful picture did you make from your sunset. Love it.

Shelly's Style Shop said...

Those are really beautiful pictures. I love all the great colors! ;-)

I hope you are doing well. I know I have missed some of your amazing post. I hope to catch up soon!

Have a great Thanksgiving!

xoxo, Shelly

sprinkles said...

I think your picture is perfect just the way it is too!

I'm not a fan of the color orange but it fits so perfectly in this picture.

What a gorgeous sunset! I didn't realize it set in the early afternoons.

Rosezilla (Tracie Walker) said...

That is just breathtaking. You are right, God made a beautiful water color painting in the sky, so gentle but stunning.

Lulda Casadaga said...

I see what you mean about the leaves being gone! :( But it just makes it easier to enjoy the beauty of the sunset...Have a great week...we are having a short one with it being a holiday!

Brenda Pruitt said...

Beyond sublime! Magnificent!

steviewren said...

I never realized how different sunsets are in different parts of the world until I began blogging. Those bands of silver, orange and blue a spectacular.

Lynsey said...

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Lynsey said...

Lol, not invited are hehe'. Are invited :)

Zuzana said...

thank you for your kind words.;) I like your adjustments – I feel flatter you like the image enough to work on it.;), It is always fun to see the familiar views from another perspective.;)

welcome, always happy to meet new people.;) Thank you so much for your kind words and for stopping by.;)

you are very kind and those words say absolutely plenty.;) Always happy when you visit.;) xo

thank you my dear friend for your wonderful words, they mean so much coming from such a talented photographer.;) I agree with you on the colours; suddenly the sky was a mix of blue and orange this past Saturday.;) xo

it is always a pleasure when you stop by; thank you for your generous comment.;) xoxo

yes indeed, right now the sun set just slightly before 4PM (if it shines at all), but it will get worse; by the winters solstice it will set at 3:30PM. Yes, the winters are very dark in my part of the world.;) xo

well thank you very much, that says plenty.;)

thank you dear friend, although I think you need no reminder; I know from your posts how aware you are about the hidden beauty around us (like your spider web post;) xo

I agree, thank you so much for stopping by.;) xo

always a poet in your comments, thank you.;)

and thank you so much for finding the time to stop by.;) xo

thank you so much.;) I agree the row of birch trees lining my back terrace are beautiful in every season, at any time of the day.;) xoxo

thank you; you are always so very kind in your comments and I so enjoy your visits.;) xoxo

thank you, that was very kind, so many compliments. :)I know you always understand what I am trying to share. And I know that your understand my writing as we share the same style.;) Always enjoy your visits; please have a wonderful Thanksgiving.;)

thank you and likewise.;) xo

thank you for your very generous comment. And I agree, at times I too try to capture some strange and breathtaking moment in time, but the camera never does it justice. No well, at times the imprint on our memory will have to do.;) xo

thank you, hope the sun will return to you soon.;) xo

thank you, I know you probably did see the same sunset, just a bit further east of me.;)) xo

thank you so much, you always say the kindest things.;) I am always happy when you stop by, please have likewise a wonderful Thanksgiving.;) xo

thank you so much, glad you enjoyed my original take.;) Yes, the sun sets very early here right now and it will become even worse, by winter solstice it will set about 3:30PM.;) Always happy when you visit.;) xo

thanks you. I am always I awe every time I look out of my windows; the nature has a way of always surprising me and showing me incredible beauty and magic.;) xo

yes, I can see the sky more clearly now.;) And the sea as well.;) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.;) xoxo

thank you so much, what a kind thing to say.;) xoxo

I am so happy you enjoy the Scandinavian early winter sunset.;) Always glad when you visit.;) xo

welcome and thank you so much for your lovely words.;) You have a very interesting blog.;) I would have loved to return the favour, but I couldn’t find any comment section or contact information on any of your posts.;) Thank you so much for stopping by, please come back again.;)

Unknown said...

The best time of day for me! :)

Zuzana said...

I agree, sunset and sunrise as well.;)