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January 4, 2013 / Linda Hartong


“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.” 

― Jo Walton

Carmel enjoys glorious sunsets. The last hour of sunlight each day is  a “ golden” or “magic” hour.

As the new moon rises in the sky


We make our way to the beach

Where others gather.

Sun down for the girl in the red coat


“I love to be here at the beach to watch the sunset – the greatest performance of Nature.  Like in a theater, but it’s free.”

Gina De Gorna


Seagulls pay homage to the setting sun.




People make their way to benches overlooking the ocean.




A lone musician with a guitar softly strums a lullaby for the sleepy sun.

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Down on the beach picnics finish

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Dogs walk their owners


While the sky turns molten


And the sand becomes copper jewels


“It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream.”–Bern Williams


If I were in the Frank Lloyd Wright house,

so long

I would be at the windows in a front row seat.

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If my cottage balcony sat high above other homes,


I would watch and sip a glass of wine.


It is no wonder that poets wax rhapsodic about this daily event.

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“Softly the evening came /with the sunset/.” –

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Or” Give me the splendid silent sun /at sunset/.”  

Walt Whitman



“Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under!” 

C. JoyBell C.

IMG_7694And so good night!


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  1. Carolyn / Jan 4 2013 4:04 pm

    Lovely reminder to take the few minutes out of our day to appreciate the glories of a perfect sunset. By the way, ours here last night was amazing, though glimpsed through trees and over rooftops in our city neighborhood.

  2. Mary / Jan 4 2013 4:06 pm

    For over a year now, I have looked forward to every new post. It’s such a treat to open my mail and see a new entry. I live in central Illinois and especially at this time of the year when snow covers the ground and the sun rarely shows its face, I love to look at your beautiful pictures and dream of one day visiting your area.

  3. L / Jan 4 2013 5:35 pm

    One of our greatest joys about livingi in Carmel. A beauitful post thank you.

  4. Ann armstrong / Jan 4 2013 5:41 pm

    Perfect! There is so much beauty in Carmel of every type. But, the ever present one, no matter the time of day, is the natural beauty that makes it such a magical place! You always capture it so wonderfully!

  5. susan wytyshyn / Jan 4 2013 5:50 pm

    so beautiful…thank you for sharing it with me. Best place in the world!

  6. House Crazy Sarah / Jan 4 2013 8:04 pm

    Beautiful photography! What a magical place with such amazing sights to drink in!

  7. Sandy Mansfield / Jan 5 2013 1:54 am

    Your best post ever. The photographs were stunning and the words and quotations you chose were perfect!

  8. Gretta Faun / Jan 5 2013 8:24 pm

    Some photographs look like paintings. Beautiful.

  9. Sylvia / Jan 5 2013 9:30 pm

    Whenever I’m in Carmel I always wonder how anyone can bear NOT to be on the beach at sunset, and stay for the orange glow that lingers….or moonlight on the water at night, especially when clouds drift across the moon and sharp white light falls on the breaking waves. Thank you for putting it all into words so beautifully.

  10. Annie Westlake / Jan 6 2013 7:35 am

    Breathtaking images accompanied by a narrative as ardent as a love letter. That’s almost as good as being there.

  11. Betty / Jan 7 2013 6:36 am

    This must be paradise! Such breathtaking photographs and beautiful words to accompany.
    Thank you for sharing, that we may all have a glimpse of such beauty.

  12. Inspired and pretty / Jan 8 2013 1:55 am

    What a wonderful and superb post Linda ! I am in awe ! Wow ! Wow ! Wow ! 🙂
    Oh ! and I noticed the horizon and the rule of thirds, your photos are perfect in that regard. You’re right, the photos are much more interesting to look at than if the horizon was in the middle.
    My favourites are # 4, 7, 9, 11, 13(sooo beautiful), 15(magnificent), 16(superb), 18(wow!), 22(so unique and special) and the last one(amazing colours).

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