What is it about sunsets?


I love sunsets. I love seeing the sun set over water. I love watching the sun fade away behind a mountain. It doesn’t seem to matter where I am, when I catch a sunset, I have to pause and just soak it in.


Sometimes I think it is the colors- I do LOVE the oranges and pinks across the sky. Other times I think it is the time of the day- a beautiful, fitting end to a day, whether the day was long and arduous or fun and relaxing.


I feel bad for sunrises. I rarely see sunrises since I am usually awake but busy working out and getting ready indoors. By the time I leave my house and head to work, the sun has already had it’s first cup of tea as well and is already on his way to work.


Every time I witness a beautiful sunset, I take at least one (but really MANY) pictures. I’m always disappointed that my iPhone cannot do justice to the glorious colors of each sunset, yet I try again the next time. It’s an odd cycle. I think I’m trying to capture the natural beauty and the calm feeling of ease I get watching a sunset. I’m hoping that if the picture can remind me of the experience, I can bring back the feeling once again when looking at the picture at a later time.


All of the pictures in this post were taken in Ojai, CA, which is known for the “Pink Moment” sunsets, best viewed on Meditation Mount. My first evening on the mount was cloudy and not very pink, but still beautiful and peaceful to watch. The second sunset was glorious, especially once I read a review online that recommended we stay until about 30 minutes after sunset to see the full effect of pinks and oranges streaking across the sky. It was worth it (though not one picture captures the beauty I felt in those moments)!

Do you prefer sunrises or sunsets? 

Where have you experienced the best sunsets? 

I’ve previously professed my love of sunsets:

Mindfulness Update #1

Taking the time to enjoy the view 



About Amy's Reflections

Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in Southern CA, taking time to reflect on leadership and learning
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