Spring Equinox Sunset
The spring equinox, aka the vernal equinox, occurred earlier in the week, marking the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.
It is the first of two days each year when the sun illuminates equally in the Northern and Southern hemishperes. The other day of each year is the Autunmal Equinox to start the fall season.
Unseasonably cooler temperatures, leftover from the weekend cold front, started the spring season with brisk temperatures and a steady breeze all day.
We hesitated about going to the sunset but instead decided to layer up for the short walk to the bridge at the entrance of the beach.
Luckily, we stood behind the row of sea grape trees that line the north side of the bridge. The trees provide protection from the cold northern winds.
It was a short visit to the beach due to the weather. A few pictures were snapped, and after the sunset, we headed to the warmth of the house.
Most people celebrate the holidays with their families and friends. I recall the days when the entire family would travel to the family’s homestead for a feast meant for kings.
Long gone are the days of the huge family gatherings due to the distances and the passage of time. Every year, my family celebrates the day with a traditional feast.
But this year, there would not be the traditional day of feast for us. My family traveled across the country to spend the holiday with other family members..
Instead, my partner and I hopped on a sailboat to celebrate the holiday. Once we reached our destination, the anchor was dropped and the grill was fired up to cook our feast. All of the ingredients were prepared at home to be grill ready.
Very few other boats were out, so it was very peaceful on the water. While waiting for our feast to finish, I was enjoying the fact that we were sitting on the sailboat for Thanksgiving. I nearly forgot about the sunset.
Minutes later, our feast was ready. As we ate, dolphins swam by about 6 feet behind the stern and then down the starboard side. It was the most untraditional Thanksgiving.
We decided to start a new tradition.
Moonset and a flower
On this particular morning, the moon was due to set 15 minutes before the sunrise. This was a worthy reason to get out of bed.
So just before dawn, I walked outside to head to the beach. First thing, I find a beautiful blooming flower from the cereus cactus.
The middle of the brilliant white petals was filled with lime green filaments and sparkly anthers, these stamans also disguised the pistil. The sepals or green outer petals were starting to close.
I snapped a few pictures since I knew before I returned, the flower would be completely closed. The cereus cactus flower only blooms at night.
As I walked to the beach, there was not any signs of the full moon in the sky. Only the pre-dawn gray tint filled the skies above.
It wasn’t until I crossed the bridge to the shore that the bright neon orb appeared before me just above the horizon.
Soon the moon touched the horizon, and it started to melt into the gulf, just like a scoop of ice cream on a plate.
Within two minutes, the moon had melted away,
The early morning walk was well worth the trip.
Sunset October 6th
Autumn Equinox Sunset
The autunmal equinox marks the first day of autumn or fall in the Northern Hemisphere. It is one of two days every year when the sun illuminates equally in the Northern and Southern hemishperes.
The equioxal sunset from the beach shore last nigh did not disappoint as it was free of clouds and alive with vivid colors.
Sunsets of September
September sunsets never disappoint.
The rainy season gives us beautiful sunsets or gray skies. Below are beautiful sunsets from the first week of September.
Sunset at the marina
Viewing the sunset in a new spot provides a different perspective.
On a few occasions, I’ve had the pleasure of watching the sunset while sitting dockside at a local marina. And it is absolutely amazing.
The masts of sailboats line the marina across the horizon.
In the sky, different colors blend together while the clouds are accentuated by the remnants of the sunlight.
Sunset of late August
Sunset before summer storm
The storm clouds hid the sunset tonight, but glimpses of the sun hung just above the clouds on the horizon,
The reflections from the sky appeared as bands of rays accross the Gulf of Mexico. Soon the rays disappeared as the summer storms rolled in,
Sunset after April storm
A cold front rolled through the area today bringing spring storms with high winds, heavy rain, and dangerous lightning. Besides the cooler temps, the weather system created a drab cloudy day.
The odds of seeing a sunset on days like today are slim to none.
As the day was ending, the clouds opened up near the horizon.
The opening in the clouds was painted in several shades of orange. The sun looked like a big ball of fire slowly dropping below the horizon.
After the sun disappeared, the orange faded as darkness overtook the sky.
And the day came to an end with a rare glimpse of a beautiful sunset.
Afterglow of Sunset
The beauty at the beach after the the sun drops below the horizon.
The Porch View Sunset
Only a few days twice a year, the sunset is visible from my second story porch. Man-made structures block the view the rest of the year which require a walk to the beach instead.
Why is the sun only visible from my porch for a short time?
During sundown each evening when the sun touches the horizon, the bright orb appears to shift its position from the previous day. Actually, it is not the sun that is moving, but our planet is providing the movement.
As Earth rotates each day, it also circles the sun in its yearly elliptical orbit. The combination of both determines the sun’s position in the sky during daytime and the horizon during sunset. When the sun appears to reach the most northerly or southerly point in the sky, the solstice occurs and the path of the sun is reversed.
In the Northern Hemisphere, after the winter solstice, the sun looks as if it is inching north. Subsequently, after the summer solstice the sun appears to travel south. The Northern Hemisphere follows this pattern yearly while the opposite occurs south of the Equator.
I look forward to the next sunset view on the porch in my favorite chair.