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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Eastern sky at sunset

It had been a beautiful day, though the cheek-stinging cold made it uncomfortable. With the high wind and the 2 degree C temperature, scarves had to be added to the winter attire already in use.


Sunset was fast approaching as we headed to the harbour. The eastern sky had dissipating high white cloud. To the west, cloud associated with an approaching front was a sign of the rain or chance of snow for the following day.


When we reached the boardwalk, the sun was below the horizon while the moon was already high in the eastern sky.




The windspeed had decreased as the sun disappeared. The usually busy boardwalk was deserted this time of day as people prepared their evening meal or headed home from work. It was still. 




The light around us faded over the next fifteen minutes. The sky went from haze to blue 




to deep blue 




as the evening settled in. The moon shone in all his glory and reflected on the water. 




The land around us darkened but in the distance, the lights of the city twinkled. 




The western sky was another story!



36 comments:

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Wonderful transition from early sunset to evening light Marie.. sounds so cold though, I can't imagine those temperatures ☺

Debra She Who Seeks said...

That's a beautiful time of day!

Anonymous said...

Amazing pictures and beautifully written. Wishing you Christmas blessings. Mildred

DJan said...

It's really a lovely series of pictures showing the beginning of night. I especially like that last picture with the moonlight in the water. :-)

Linda deV said...

Ohhhh Marie! Lovely walk in your corner of the world.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Well, I hope you eventually got your evening meal too, though your time was well spent getting these fine photographs of twilight. We're having very similar weather in the UK at the moment.

Elephant's Child said...

I do love that time of day. And the incredibly fast light show.
Calm and beauty captured in a wonderful series.

Tabor said...

You were brave to wait out the cold as the sun set!! Nice photos.

bill burke said...

The beauty is stunning in your photos. Well done, Marie.

Ratty said...

Everything there look so beautiful in the darkness.

Marie Smith said...

It was invigorating, PDP.

Marie Smith said...

My favourite, Debra.

Marie Smith said...

Thank you, Mildred. Merry Christmas to you!

Marie Smith said...

We looked over that moonlit water for a while, Jan, in spite of the cold.

Marie Smith said...

It is a beautiful area, Linda, day or night.

Marie Smith said...

The time there was priceless, John. Worth every minute in the cold.

Marie Smith said...

It is my favourite time of day, EC.

Marie Smith said...

We were dressed for the conditions, Tabor.

Marie Smith said...

Thank you, Bill.

Marie Smith said...

It was perfect, Ratty.

Anvilcloud said...

It's nice to see your blue hour photos.

Rhodesia said...

Great photos but we were -6C yesterday morning, about 30 degrees too cold for me!!! Keep well Diane

Angela said...

It looks like we have more snow in the ground. I can only imagine those temperatures. Beautiful description, lovely photos! I felt as if I was there!

Mage said...

That's a simply wonderful poem in photography. Thaanks.

Marie Smith said...

My favourite time!

Marie Smith said...

We are adjusting to the cold here too, Diane.

Marie Smith said...

We had our first snowfall but it's gone again, Angela.

Marie Smith said...

Thanks to you, Mage.

Ginnie said...

So glad you stayed long enough to see this and show it to us, Marie. I bet then YOU went home and made supper. :)

Debbie said...

these are such beautiful views and blues!! it's been bitterly cold here, we were out last night - if you bundle up, it's not so bad. it's a wonderful time to be outdoors enjoying the skies and for us, it was christmas lights!!!

you were brave to stick with it, i love the last 2!!!

Catarina said...

Lovely, lovely!!!

The Furry Gnome said...

Looks like a beautiful evening.

Marie Smith said...

It is just as likely my husband would make supper, Ginnie. He is a great cook.

Marie Smith said...

It is so dark in that part of the bay, Debbie. The lights along the path are perfect though.

Marie Smith said...

Thank you, Catarina.

Marie Smith said...

It was, FG.