Ooh…so tired. Parent-teacher conferences tomorrow. A two-day school week with students. Some kind of Indonesian religious observance this weekend. It’s only Tuesday night, but I’m tired like it’s Friday.
Good night. Sleep well.
…for the end of the first day back to school after the Christmas holiday.
That’s all. Just a sunset.
The sun set on 2012, and another one rose this morning on the first day of January, 2013.
My friends are just going to bed back home in BC, Canada, and wishing each other a “Happy New Year”, while I’m just getting the kids ready for bed at the end of the first day of 2013. Weird.
Happy new year, to all my friends and family. I pray that this is a great year for you.
The photo above is of the sunset at Jimbaran Beach. We ate freshly caught and cooked fish on that beach on Christmas Day last week.
It rained last night. Then, God turned on Photoshop and switched the world to the sepia filter. My wife called to me to come look outside. The whole world was bathed in a brown-orange-golden glow. It was like stepping out of my apartment into an aging photograph.
The only thing I adjusted was curves and levels, for better contrast.
It won’t be long, now, until I leave Canada for two years. Ten days until the airplane takes off from the tarmac and my family and I go. We’re at that stage where every day has more “good-byes” and “farewells” and “until we see you agains”. It’s weird, and emotionally raw.
I think that the farewells would be easier if I didn’t care, but that’s the point – meaning comes from caring. What I need to remember right now is to have perspective. We’re saying farewell here, but we’ll be meeting and getting to know a whole lot of new people.
For every sunset, there is a sunrise.
I was driving out to a friend’s house tonight to watch the (pitiful) hockey game when I saw this. I think I ticked off my wife as I pulled over and threatened to miss the first puck-drop just to snap this photo.
I think it was worth it. Although, I’m not sure if I’m supposed to focus on the sunset or the Hydro high-wires – WordPress’ photo challenge this week is “Two Subjects“. They’re both at about the 1/3 mark (rule of thirds) in the photo, but they’re competing with each other for your attention. Ah well…still pretty.
I don’t know what “Heavens to Betsy” means, but I saw this last night and thought those words. Then I realized that I may have thought a phrase that my mother, maybe grandmother, would have said. I don’t say words like that. I don’t think words like that. I don’t even know people who speak like that.
Anyway, the heavens looked pretty impressive, so I snapped the photo. My favorite part of this shot is the streetlight, already lit, against the sky.
By the way, Photo Friday this week is “Tall” so I think this counts.
Yesterday, I posted a photo of the sunrise.
Tonight’s post is of the sunset that closed out the day yesterday. Nature cooperated so beautifully yesterday with me yesterday.
Winter sunsets are so convenient. With the shorter days of winter, it’s much easier to get out and snap photos of sunsets than it is in the middle of summer. As long as I’m willing to put up with colder days, I also get earlier sunsets. I think that’s a good trade-off.
I stopped in the grocery store parking lot to take this shot. There are days, like today, when I’m glad I pack my camera with me pretty well everywhere I go.
BTW, it’s really hard to get the clouds to look as awesome in a photo as they do in real life. I hope you can get the same feeling of awesome-ness from this photo as I felt while photographing them.
There it is. Just in the offing. Holidaaaaaaaaaays…
Sorry. Tomorrow is Friday. THE Friday. The Friday before Christmas Holidays. I’m a little happy about that.
Oh, and the beach photo? I don’t know. It just seemed appropriate. We’re not going away to some place sunny. It’s just that I’ve got that “happy-sunset-on-a-beach” feeling with the holidays coming up.
Took this a couple of nights ago. We’ve been having some uncharacteristic sunny weather. December is usually a cooler, wetter version of November in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Not snow. Rain.
This year? It’s been sunny and cool. The sunsets have been phenomenal, even though they’ve been at 3:45 p.m. I guess that means it must be close to Christmas.
Instead, my day ended with a drizzle at 4 degrees. It did, however, end with a cold walk with a friend in that 4 degree rain and that was good. The photo is from a few days ago when the weather still reassured me and made me feel like I was living in the most beautiful place in the world. Now, I feel like I’m living in the “before” part of a depression medication commercial – all clouds and grey and cold.
At least I’ve got the memory and photo of last week’s beautiful sunset.
It’s late. Sorry. I had some grocery shopping to do and my wife’s got a bit of a migraine. Nothing I can’t handle, but nothing I want to ignore either. The photographs can always wait a little.
This was shot on my way home from work tonight. I guess it must have been a nice day.
I was flipping back through my photo folders and found this photo. I posted a photo, nearly the same, that had been taken with a much closer zoom. I liked this one because of its wider angle, but apparently never posted it.
If I’m honest, I totally forgot that I processed this. A nice little found treasure.
This is pretty. Really pretty. They (whoever “they” are) say that smog causes pretty sunsets. Is it politically, morally, ethically, environmentally, logically incorrect to say that at least smog has one aesthetic upside? Seriously, let’s clean up the earth, but keep the pretty sunsets.
This is the sunset in our province’s capital city. I’m in Victoria for a wedding (it was beautiful, by the way) and the reception was held on the top floor of a hotel. This is one of the shots I managed to take while eating appetizers and meeting new people – well, new to me, anyway.
Sorry this is so late. I hope you like it.
I’m cheating a bit, because this is a photo of the reflection of a sunset off clouds.
Last Sunday, which now seems like the last day of summer, we had a beautiful day that ended more beautifully. It was gorgeous. As the sun set the light bounced off the clouds in all sorts of purples, reds and oranges. Since then, the weather’s been sketchy and today? Today is a cloudy, foggy, damp and cool day. Not even a hint of a nice sunset.
For now, summer is over, so I’ll live in the beauty of the beautiful sunset above.
When dusk hits the Oregon Coast, at least where we were camping, the tide goes out and leave these nice little pools all over the beach. Now, some of the slower, less intelligent organisms get left behind on the beach and in the pools. Jelly fish, starfish, little shrimp, all left behind by the retreating ocean. What this process does for the photographer is leave an odd, asymmetrical pattern that reflects the light of the sunset, which is beautiful.
I learned something about how my photographic habits have changed since switching from film to digital. I took my Pentax K1000 with me to Oregon and snapped off a roll and a half. I took my film camera up onto the dune and down onto the beach and snapped off some lovely photos. And then there was this sad moment…
I snapped off my first photo and felt the familiar “chunk” of the camera’s mirror snapping back in place and then I pulled the camera from my eye and looked at the back of it to see how the photo turned out. On the LCD screen. That doesn’t exist on the back of the camera that was produced in 1976. Hmm…that was an unforeseen stupidity on my part. I chastised myself for having become reliant on technology to tell me that my photo was good.
I snapped another photo and once again looked at the back of the camera. Twice stupid. Yeesh…
Another photo. Another look. Oh, for crying out loud.
Over the next few days I snapped off the rest of the roll and must have looked at the back of the camera at least ten more times.
Oh. The photo above was snapped on one of the evenings on my K1000. Nice sunset, I think. And below, that’s what I kept looking at expecting to see an LCD screen. Ha.
Sunsets, on the other hand, work beautifully. In fact, because I get to focus on a small area, rather than the entire sky, I can often make the orange sky seem even more beautiful and pervasive. I’m sure that the night I shot this, dusk was settling behind me, with all its blues and purples. But I could cut that stuff out and focus solely on the big orange in front of me. The weekly photo challenge, if you haven’t already guessed by the title, is SKY. Check out some of the other bloggers.
I shot this on the way home tonight. I am finding that the weather cooperates beautifully with my commute home. That’s weird, now that I think about it. I wonder if maybe I’m controlling it. Hmmm…
Maybe I have superpowers that control the weather…although every person who could control weather, in the comics I read, is a supervillain. Well, I guess I need to start practicing my evil laugh.
The sun is setting earlier these days and with daily savings taking effect earlier in the year it seems that I go to work in the dark and come home in the dark and all the daylight hours are reserved for other people. The early dark does mean two good things: Christmas is near and I don’t have to stay up late to get good dusk photos.