Ah, sunset. Since ancient times, it has signaled the end of a long days work for humans and many other day-loving creatures, while serving as a wake-up call for the nocturnal. Sunrise, sunlight, and the hours in-between have long served as bounded periods of work, rest and leisure. Speculation, philosophy and spiritual purpose.

Lately I’ve been witnessing the sun go down in some jaw-dropping settings. On the boat and on the go. With cotton candy (I’m referring to the colour of the sky) and with something cold. It’s become a sort of meditation, you know. Focusing on the orange and yellow, red and gray – as the sun gradually drops out of sight leaving behind its peaceful pastel rays and the sweet promise of a brand new day. In fact, some of my life’s most profound lessons have been digested in the most unexpected places, and one of them is the setting sun.

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“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
Rabindranath Tagore.

I suppose I sometimes compare the cycle of life to that of a rising and setting sun. I.e. during the course of a lifetime many changes take place. Sometimes the sun is completely obscured by the stormy clouds; but no matter how hard the storms may rage, the sun will always rise again.

But I’m not unique to my obsession with sunsets. Everybody loves a good sunset. They’re romantic, inspiring, energizing and generally good for well-being. The perfect sunset could make even the most stringent artist swoon with inspiration. Like the artist behind the images on this post, for whom golden hour is a dream. That time the evening sun dances across the viewfinder lens, and an endless array of possibilities await. Moments frozen, painted by the sun – without prejudice or instruction.

Lately, I’ve come to realize that I collect sunsets. Whether it’s making a conscious effort to see one or by stumbling upon one on the sands of some exotic beach. Lately I’ve noticed that I collect sunsets, and I’ve managed to use a camera lens to take them home.

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Here’s hoping you get out to enjoy the sunset in your neck of the woods this evening, and for many evenings to come.
Images shot in collaboration with @perfect_snaps & The Moorings floating restaurant.
xxx