Wordless Wednesday: Sunset, Vero Beach

We’ve had unsettled, grey, rainy weather this week, but it cleared right around sunset:

Vero Beach Sunset, 11/26/14

Vero Beach Sunset, 11/26/14

Such an extraordinary sight, expecially on the eve of Thanksgiving!

I feel such gratitude toward everyone who’s visited/followed my blog these past three years, Thank you for your comments and likes; I’ve learned so much from so many of you and I’m thrilled you’re along for the journey!

Love, peace and happiness as you celebrate tomorrow!

Until next time…

🙂 🙂 🙂

Mallory Square, Key West: Sunset Celebration

Mallory Square, located on the waterfront in Key West‘s historic Old Town, is the site of a nightly arts festival.  Two hours before sunset, masses of people flock to the water’s edge to watch the sun sink into the Gulf of Mexico….a true multicultural event for tourists and locals alike, and on Monday night we were there!  🙂

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Sunset Celebration includes food carts, street performers and arts and crafts exhibitors.

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We strolled the length of the pier, looking for an open spot along the railing and near the Aquarium we finally found one.

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Picture time!

Imagine our surprise when we looked over the railing and saw this! 😯

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Only something really spectacular tops an unexpected manatee sighting but as the sky darkened, we understood why so many people had gathered:

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So beautiful! 🙂

We had such fun in Key West! The flora was absolutely gorgeous! 🙂 As I organize the photos, I’ll surely post more of what we saw and did!

Until next time…..

🙂 🙂 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

I was very excited by this week’s photo challenge. For as long as I can remember, the golden hour–when shadows are long and light is short–has been my favorite time of day. Ultimately, I couldn’t decide among 3 older pics, so I’m sharing them all, newest first.

From March, 2012:

Sunflowers: 7:55am, March 29, 2012

Sunflowers: 7:55am, March 29, 2012

From December, 2011

Jack raking on Christmas Eve Eve, 12/23/11

Jack raking: 5:10pm, Christmas Eve Eve, 2011

From July, 2010

My street, 8:15pm, July 29, 2010

The view from my front door: 8:15pm, July 29, 2010

As an FYI, I prefer the golden hours of evening to that of morning…maybe because I’m a night person at heart!?!  🙂  What about you?

Until next time….

🙂 🙂 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer

With average January temps in the balmy 70s, it’s hard to think of summers here being less than year-round; especially when you ring in New Year’s Eve (and Day!) lying on the beach!  But while the seasons may be indistinct, the same cannot be said of our sunsets ➡ no time of year are they more dramatic than now, when heat and humidity are at their highest!  Take a look:

A May Summer Sunset in Vero Beach

May 4th, 2012, Sunset in Vero Beach

Vero Beach Power Plant at Sunset, May 4, 2012

I snapped this sequence as we crossed the Loy Bridge from the island to the mainland, in very early May.  It was extremely hot and muggy, the bank of clouds a threatening  army on a west to east advance.  These pictures show the passing jet stream disturbance, a battlezone between clouds above and the clear, narrow strip below along the horizon.

From May through September, sunsets like this are a near-to-daily event in Vero Beach.   Sometimes the clouds bring rain, other times they don’t…but they always reflect beauty in the setting of a summer sun

Until next time……

🙂