As we were eating supper last night my daughter, who is able to see out of the window, mentioned what a a beautiful colour the sky was. I, of course, grabbed my iPad to capture the colours. These are the photos with no filters:
It is not often the sky is streaked with pink – and we were glad to have seen it.
(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge, Square in September. This month we are posting pictures featuring in the pink, i.e., photos featuring the colour pink, something ‘in the pink’ of health, or those which leave you ‘tickled pink’)
As I was walking my daughter to her swimming lesson yesterday, she pointed out the light rimming some of the heavy grey clouds in sky. She liked the contrast between the blue sky, the bright edging and the dark-filled clouds.
I liked the way the buildings, trees and lampposts seemed to frame the unusual skies. We enjoyed the scene for a little while until we turned left and our view of the skies changed a little.
Do you look at the skies when you walk about in the early evening?
I enjoy seeing silhouettes at the end of a day spend outside. Often the weekends during the summer are spent outside, resulting in my family and I seeing the sun setting behind the iconic CN tower.
Whenever we have the opportunity, we enjoy watching the sun go down near a bed of water in Ontario.
I enjoy as well the silhouettes created by the African landscape. The fingers of the trees rising against the outcrops of mountains is a sight that is familiar to me.
As is the sight of workers waiting for the taxi at a street corner:
A sight that I have not seen often, but which I enjoy, is the silhouette of beach goers at the end of a day spent on a Mauritian beach. The warmth of the sand and the sea continues to tempt those still left on the beach.
The sight of the Mauritian beach is always calming – even those beaches that do not encourage too much swimming.
And a view of a palm tree on the beach is a sight that one is assured to see.
No matter where one is in the world, one can be sure to see a silhouette that is unique to that country’s landscape.
While driving on the Swazi roads last year, I was trying my best to capture the beauty of the sunset. My husband was driving and I was snapping away happily, focusing on the sun setting behind the mountains. Looking back at my photographs afterwards, I was pleasantly surprised at the silhouettes I had captured of the people at the traffic light.
I liked, too, that I had captured the different colours of the sky. I don’t think I could have taken a better snap if I had planned it.
Have you been pleasantly surprised by the photos you have taken?
A few weeks ago I was doing some chores when I got home. While busy, I happened to look out the window and saw a beautiful sky. The combination of pinks and blues caused me to quickly reach for my camera and snap this picture.
It is not often I notice the sunset while inside my apartment building. This one was certainly a little different to stop me in my tracks.
Do you often see the setting sun light the sky in pinks?
(This post is a contribution to Paula’s Thursday’s Special – an inspirational photo non-challenge!)
Think of beach time at the edge of an ocean and the words sand, sun and salt water come to mind. Add the idea of relaxation and beauty to these key elements, and you will have the recipe for what I enjoy most about the view of the sea. The best beach moments for me are watching the sunsets, no matter from what beach you view the ocean. On a trip to Mauritius, my family and I viewed a number of beach sunsets.
The first sunset I have shown you was taken while watching the sun set on a rocky beach. We had not spent time in the water, but the peace and tranquillity of the moment was a balm to my soul.
The second sunset we watched was at Grand Baie. While my husband and I watched the setting sun, our children played on the beach sand. What a joy it was to see them enjoying themselves.
On another evening we watched the sun set after a few hours of beach time. Even though the sun was going down, people continued to enjoy the salty water.
For many, though, it was time to pack up and go home. The next day was Monday: a day of work and the weekly routine.
Another beach sunset I watched was from the chaise-lounge at the Intercontinental Hotel. I lay back in the chair and relaxed as I absorbed Mother Nature’s beauty.
At times the brilliance of the orange sun was astounding.
I noticed a beauty too in the lengthening shadows and the silhouettes that showed themselves to all those who wished to see.
I enjoy many moments at the edge of the sea. The ones I enjoy most, however, are the ones I spend there at the end of the day. I enjoy the colours, the silhouettes, the sound of the waves meeting the shore, and the sense of peace that fills me.
It is not every day that I notice the setting of the sun. When the day is ending, I am filling my moments with tasks: helping my children with homework, doing household chores, following the weekly routine that never wavers from day to day. Time passes and, before I know it, night time is peering in through my windows.
When on holiday, however, you take the time to slow down and to notice the natural changes that occur everyday. You notice the twilight and, if you are inclined to, you settle down and watch the sun set in the sky. On our last holiday to Mauritius, we took the time to sit down on the beach and watch the setting sun change the colours in the sky.
It was a moment of peaceful tranquillity The surroundings were quiet except for the sound of the water coming up on the beach. The salted air wrapped itself around me and I breathed in deeply. The peace buried itself into my soul and I felt myself sinking into the harmony of nature. The colours, the gentle noise of nature, the scents, all conspired to bring to me a sense of peace. It is this peace that we often crave when the busy lives we lead becomes unbearable. And it is this sense of peace that sustains me until I am able to experience another.
Where was the last place that you experienced a sense of peace?
We had spent the day out visiting family in Manzini, Swaziland and were on our way home. My family and I were not the only ones homeward bound after a long day. On the crest of a hill we saw some people waiting for a taxi so that they could ride home. They were silhouetted against the twilight sky, chatting to one another while waiting.
Luckily we did not have to wait for a ride and quickly arrived at our destination.
Do you often wait in the twilight for your ride home?
(This post was inspired by this week’s prompt, Silhouette, posted on The Daily Post on WordPress.com)