October 5, 2012

Trajectory of a Sunset

SPLENDOR of ended day, floating and filling me!
Hour prophetic—hour resuming the past!
Inflating my throat—you, divine average!
You, Earth and Life, till the last ray gleams, I sing.

Open mouth of my Soul, uttering gladness,
Eyes of my Soul, seeing perfection,
Natural life of me, faithfully praising things;
Corroborating forever the triumph of things.

~ From Song at Sunset by Walt Whitman

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  1. Glorious skies and awesome colors and reflections for the day!! The birds do seem to be enjoying the beauty as well!! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

  2. Wonderful colors in these shots. They are all good, but I was drawn to the one with the sun right on the horizon.

  3. Absolutely stunning photos of this most colorful sunset!

  4. XXX I

    Nature rarer uses yellow
    Than another hue;
    Saves she all of than for sunsets,--

    Spending scarlet like a woman,
    Yellow she affords
    Only scantly and selectly,
    Like a lover's words.

    Those images look good enough to eat. And you definitely need to check out the Coursera "Modern & Contemporary American Poetry" course out of U of Penn--it's calling your name. I can hear it.

  5. Amazing colors and stunning reflection...

  6. i feel indeed that no words can stand next to these amazing images -

    speechlessness, joy

  7. A perfect morning to see these wonderful is cold and grey here. I especially love the reflections in the sea-washed sands. Now if I could just breathe that air, and listen to the birds. (I just got a shiver!)

  8. Oh my goodness - what absolutely breathtaking images! Such rich colours and conveyed serenity. Thanks for sharing both the scenery and your talent.

  9. I would love to see my reflection in the eyes of the extraordinary artist who composed these remarkable compositions.

  10. These are stunningly gorgeous! Amazing! Astoundingly beautiful. Splendor captured, and married beautifully to Whitman's words.

  11. Beautiful!
    Brought me back to a sunset I enjoyed on the Oregon Coast a couple of years ago... nothing like it.
    These are just gorgeous. Well done!

  12. Wish my beach shots were half as good as these! :-) Fantastic job, gorgeous images.

  13. Earth and sky are one: these iridescent offerings speak of an imperturbable harmony. The denizens of the beach, quite unaware of the beauty surrounding them, scavenge and comb the place for small rewards. Are we not the same?

  14. I don't know why I get so caught up in choosing favorites at your place, but this time you've really stumped me. I'll say 1,3,5 tie for tops, but each of the 5 would stun me if I saw it by itself.

  15. Absolutely beautiful! The colors and light are amazing! The reflections are out of this world! :)

  16. You have thoroughly outdone yourself here dear Stickup, just catapulting us into realms of loveliness that we had never dared to imagine.

    I'm guessing you got your feet wet doing these, unless you had some wading boots on ? No doubt even the clams and gulls were marveling at so much beauty in the air.

    Whitman must have seen a very similar scene some 150 years ago when he wrote those words ? Or maybe he traveled forward in time to see your pictures ? Or you traveled back in time to take them at the same place where he saw the inspiring sunset behind his words...

    Images are illusions, and I can hardly imagine the tangible magic you must have been feeling here... these are vast, these are infinite

  17. PS I'm thinking you should be selling these, and making some serious money...

  18. Beautiful and curious. The first photo isn't as dramatic as those that follow. Is that your source file? I'd love to be able to get the kind of successful images that your able to obtain. I'm in some fantastic areas yet I never seem to be ABLE TO SHOW THEM THROUGH PHOTOS IN THE WAY I THINK THEY ARE (damn caps)

  19. PS... A message for Ms Pliers, should she happen to stop by here and see this... please to send me an e-mail to: owenmart333 at

  20. Brilliant.. Pure poesy!!
    How the colors are changing by the hour.
    And the shadows from the birds, just sitting there.............

  21. For a moment my heart has stopped beating .. this is incredibly beautiful ..
    I do not have words to talk about it .. it's an emotion that fills deep joy ..
    Thank you a thousand times for those moments of pure beauty, for this journey into a world ,where the color fills the air we breathe ..
    It's gorgeous