My wife and I often play a game we call chasing sunsets. We try to predict where we will find the most spectacular sunset.
It turns out to be more art than science. We generally know the spots and the times of year for the best sunsets, but there is litte that we can do to prevent a cloud bank from stealing a sunset on us.
Still it is fun when we guess right and find a great sunset like we did this past Friday night. We had run over to Emerald Isle for dinner and on the drive back towards home noticed that the clouds were looking favorable for a good sunset.
Based on the time of year and the amount of time we had left before the sun would drop below the horizon, we headed to the Tideland Trails parking area of the Croatan National Forest.
It overlooks an inlet of the White Oak River. In the summer the sun is too far around the corner to provide a good sunset. Fall is another story as the sun moves down the White Oak the sunsets can be impressive.
I love both sunrises and sunsets. Sunrises give the hope of a new day while sunsets bring the peace of the evening to our lives. I have posted some of my favorite sunsets and sunrises on the web, and I have a site dedicated to sunrises taken from our deck in Roanoke.
There is a certain peace that a sunset brings to me. While the day's work is often not over, the sunset is a signal that the day is winding down and no matter how much work needs to be done, the time for work will soon be overtaken by the time for sleep.
Sunsets seem to linger. I find sunrises have to be instantly captured because the colors often change quickly. Yet a sunset almost invites contemplation and the savoring of the colors which seem to hang on much longer than those I see in the sunrises.
There is one other important thing about sunrises and sunsets. Most of the time, you are cold and/or damp when taking a sunrise pictures. Sunsets are dry and warm. That is the best way to end the day.
Today was cloudy, and I was standing in the water surf fishing at during the invisible sunset. At least the water was still warm which was no surprise since I had already tried the warm river waters in an afternoon kayaking trip.
There is always tomorrow to catch that next sun event.