Thursday, June 28, 2018

Second Sunset

(Continuing the recap of my Southern Oregon Coast trip in late April....)

After a very rainy second day, I had low expectations for sunset.  Near dinnertime, the skies finally dried up, but thick clouds persisted.  Thinking the night's sunset would be a bust, I almost didn't venture down to the beach.  But my clothes had finally dried from the afternoon's hike, and I didn't want to sit in my yurt all night.  Besides, I was here to see the sights, no matter the weather.

A touch of pink light

Gathering my now-dry camera gear, I made the short walk to Harris Beach.  Wildflowers bloomed along the path, water droplets still clinging to their petals.

Lovely white wildflowers

After exploring the northern end of the beach the previous evening, tonight I chose to wander in the opposite direction.  I was surprised to see houses perched on top of a bluff overlooking the ocean.  Obviously I wasn't in wilderness here, the park was adjacent to Brookings city limits.

Waves on the sand

Although cloudy, the skies shone with a muted pink light.  Reflecting on the wet beach sand, it made for some photo-worthy images.  I snapped a couple of photos to capture the scene.  With the heavy cloud cover, I thought that might be the best light I'd get.

Golden skies

However, I couldn't have been more wrong.  About an hour from sundown, the clouds suddenly began to part. 

Interesting clouds

The partly cloudy skies began to turn a stunning shade of gold.

A faint rainbow!

As I looked back towards the developed bluff, I spotted a faint rainbow hovering over the houses.  Who would've thought?

The sky colors reflected on the sand

The purple-pinkish-orangish light that reflected from the sky onto the beach was quite lovely.

Beach patterns

As was the sky color reflected in crashing waves.

Dropping sun's last rays

I found a group of offshore rocks that looked like a good background, and waited for the sun to drop.

Orange ball

Slowly, the sun's orange ball sank towards the horizon, casting rays out from beyond the clouds as it made it's journey downward.

Going down....

Watching the sun set on an ocean beach is such a peaceful experience.  With one last orange gleam spreading across the sea, day transitioned into night.  I lingered afterwards, capturing the final sky colors reflecting on wet sand.

Last light on the beach

Time for another night of rest in my dry, cozy yurt.  The weatherman promised a rain-free day tomorrow, so hopefully I'd finally get a chance to explore the gorgeous Oregon coastline north of Brookings.  Which I'll cover in my next couple of posts.


  1. ...oh, the dreamy Oregon coast!

  2. Estas fotografias ao pôr-do-sol na praia são espectaculares e de uma grande beleza.
    Um abraço e bom fim-de-semana.

    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

  3. Hello, the sunset was lovely. Gorgeous series of photos, I love the reflection on the sand. Pretty rainbow and colors. Happy Friday, enjoy your day and weekend!

  4. Absolutely gorgeous sunset pictures. I love the reflection of the colors on the beach. :-)

  5. These are all gorgeous! And very meditative. I can just imagine the feelings you experienced when you're actually there in person.

  6. Oh my goodness you had a stunning end to a wet day!

  7. Well done under challenging conditions.

  8. Atmospheric photos and a great mix of different sunset colours.

  9. So beautiful - your patience was certainly rewarded here.

  10. Gorgeous sunset colors, bet you were glad you decided to head out

  11. Oh, I'm so jealous, jealous, jealous! I haven't been to the coast yet and I want my feet in the sand so badly. All these photos are so wonderful! I can almost feel the sand :)

  12. Very nice - the shore shots brought back memories of my visit many years ago

  13. Life is good watching any sunset over the sea, but these images are very special after such a wet day.

  14. Love the golden sand - I'll be by the sea next week - so hopefully I'll see the same sort of thing.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  15. Hi, Linda. I'm new here and fascinated by the places you visit and the photos you capture. I happened upon your blog after seeing a picture of the Coeur d'Alene photographer statue on another blog and then trying to find the name of the photographer represented. This has been one of my more pleasant stumbles.

  16. Very beautiful moody photos, what a great trip you had! I wonder did you go to the Rose Festival this year? It looked awesome, a friend from MN went:)

  17. Wow just WOW, glad you went back down to the beach . love the gold light.

  18. What lovely endings to the day. They are so glorious looking. Loved the faint rainbow.


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