Destination Coastline: Sunsets, a Photojournal

Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico, from Florida's Coast

“The sky broke … into full sunset and the water caught fire.” -Pamela H. Johnson

Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico, from Florida's Coast
Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico, from Florida's Coast

As I type, I sit below a large canvas painting of a coastline sunset where the water reflects so much citrine color it looks as if it is on fire. I painted it several years ago, and it is my personal favorite. In the center of the painting, a girl stands in the lapping waves with her skirt hiked up, askew, as she stands transfixed.

In the same way that some of us can’t stay away from a sumptious chocolate or a handful of vine-ripened raspberries, I am drawn to the coast. And in particular, I love coastline sunsets. There is something about the way that the earth meets water, and then touches sky, that grabs my heart and keeps hold. Every time we are near an ocean or the sea, as time approaches for the sun to dip to bed for the night, I find myself standing along the shore, rapt by the sun’s grand color show.

This week, passing through photos, I caught a glimpse of a photo I took along the Florida coast just over two years ago (above). And I knew I had to share it. To me, there is something about the colors which won’t let go, about the vibrant light which boldly says “I am alive.”

In the past few years, we’ve been able to see many coastlines on different parts of the world. Here, four of my favorite sunsets from four different Seas:

Sunset over the Adriatic Sea, from Coastal Croatia
Sunset over the Adriatic Sea, from Coastal Croatia
Sun Setting over the Mediterranean Sea, from the coast of Tuscany, Italy
Sun Setting over the Mediterranean Sea, from the coast of Tuscany, Italy

 

Sunset Color in Maine, Lands' End Harbor of the Atlantic Ocean
Sunset Color in Maine, Lands' End Harbor of the Atlantic Ocean

 

Florida Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico
Florida Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico

Do you have a favorite place to watch sunrises or sunsets? One particular time you remember?

Published by Jennifer Lyn Art

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2 thoughts on “Destination Coastline: Sunsets, a Photojournal

  1. My personal coast obsession is the moon over the ocean. When my family heads to NC in the summer, I write at night, on my laptop, on the deck overlooking the ocean. When the moon is in full glory, it’s mesmerizing, magical, spiritual, etc…

    Gorgeous photos!

    1. Oh, what a beautiful thought, Erika! The moon rippling over the ocean …

      The last time I saw the moonlight dazzle over the ocean, I tried to photograph it. Unfortunately, the light was so low, it was nothing but blur. But’s it’s lingered in my mind.

      Thanks for sharing!
      -JK

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