Saturday, May 07, 2016

Chasing the Sunsets

Sunset over Puget Sound.

Ah, glorious late spring, you've blessed us with fantastic weather. It also means spectacular sunsets across Washington state. The sun fully sets by about 8.20pm. If you can get out of the office before 7pm, you've still got a good hour to soak up the breeze and feel less like a robot.

Being so near the coast, we could drive anywhere to a quiet spot by the water for the view, a chat or a picnic. Found a few stops that look out over Puget Sound to admire the gorgeous hues of sunset and the still-snow-capped peaks of the Olympic Mountains, and Mt Rainier at the other side. Managed to stop by at a couple of these lookout points.

Sunsets, not sunrises, give me a sense of renewal, strength for the next day and poetically, for all that is to come. I suppose it's because sunsets precede a hopefully good night's sleep. Hahaha. I'm so pleased to be catching many sunsets at different spots in King County. Twilight is long here and there's a deeper sense of wonder as we quietly stare into the fading light of day.

Bring me the sunset in a cup,
Reckon the morning's flagons up
And say how many Dew,
Tell me how far the morning leaps—
Tell me what time the weaver sleeps
Who spun the breadth of blue! 
~ The first stanza of one of Emily Dickinson's poems about nature.

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