Sunrises and sunsets have always captivated me.
In fact, the
entire sky fascinates me and is one of my favorite subjects to
photograph: Soft early morning or late afternoon sunshine
streaming through clouds, casting interesting shadows on earth.
Thin wisps of clouds or puffy white cotton balls in intriguing patterns
or dark forbidding storm clouds -- the variety is unending. Bright blue sky reaching to infinity, or
penetrating fog that shrinks my world. Twinkling stars, the
various phases of the moon.
Subtle or dramatic, I love to
watch the sky.
I've taken photos of sunsets from houses in which I've
lived, on trips hither and yon, across fields and highways, from beaches on
both coasts and the Gulf of Mexico,
and from mountains
high and valleys low, but I don't believe I've ever seen more
drama at sundown than what I saw on Galveston Island one evening this week.
Here's an example of the "egg breaking:"
I showed a couple sunset photos from the Gulf (beach) side of
Galveston Island State Park in the
last entry. I have more, but
they don't compare to the ones that follow. These are all from
the marsh area on the Bay side of the park.
I thought I might get some good photos from the observation
platform but there wasn't any water close to it. I definitely
wanted water nearby for colorful reflections like those above.
I finally found the perfect spot late one afternoon, and just in time to capture
this spectacular kaleidoscope of colors. All these photos were taken over a span of
about half an hour. I stationed myself on the eastern shore of Oak
Bayou near the parking area, turning in all directions as the
sky kept changing around me, and took dozens and dozens of
The softer colors are to the north, south, and east of my
vantage point. I'll show seven of those pictures first.
dramatic colors like the photo above -- "where the sky broke like an egg
. . . and
the water caught fire" -- those are toward the west and
the setting sun. I'll show twenty more of those shots in sequence as
they reach a crescendo of fire in the sky and water.
Each series below is a time lapse as you watch the sun
sink and the clouds and colors morph. I hope you enjoy viewing
the pictures almost as much as I enjoyed being there as they
"developed." To say I was stunned by the beauty around me is an
View south along Oak Bayou to the upland
prairie and beach
View east toward an old park pavilion
BAY WATCH (VIEWS NORTH)
FIRE IN THE SKY & WATER
Monet or Nikon?? These photos look like impressionistic
The sun is down but the drama continues.
The colors became even more stunning near the end of the show.
Water "on fire"
End of show. Darkness soon took over.
Sunsets don't get much better than this. I feel privileged to
have been able to experience that one. Believe it or not, this
is only a quarter of the photos I took that evening.. Thank
goodness for digital cameras!
Next entries: back in town -- an architectural and
historical tour of Galveston
"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil, Cody, and
© 2008 Sue Norwood and Jim O'Neil