303: Spectacular sunset

We had some rain yesterday evening and overnight.  It was a nice, soft, gentle rainfall.  The kind I was wishing for a few days ago.  The heat is still with us so the rain has increased the humidity considerably, but I’m not complaining.  The gardens, the flowers, the farms, the trees, and even the lawns are all feeling better as a result of the rain.  I enjoyed listening to it in the early morning hours until it lulled me back to sleep.  I think the sound of a gentle rainfall is better than any sleeping pill.

Rain and sunshine on the deck

Close to sunset we had both rain and sun.  I looked for a rainbow, but didn’t find one.  At least not where I expected to find one.

As the sun began to set, the sky cycled through the most amazing colors.  I don’t think any camera is capable of capturing them all.  I have not altered the colors in any way.  I did do the usual post-processing for the web (a little sharpening and then resizing).  The colors are as the camera picked them up.  This was one of the few occasions where I took the time to drag out the tripod.

Dragging out the tripod generally means I take far too many photos.  It was interesting and fun playing around with the camera in manual mode.  One of the things I like about using it in manual mode is having more control so the colors will come out the way I’m seeing them (rather than the way the camera thinks they should be, something that often happens in auto modes).

The last two photos have been cropped.  The shrubs I cropped out were too distracting.   They are privets and have suddenly gone an incredible shade of neon green.  They almost glow in the dark.

M and I sat out on the deck until the mosquitoes found us.  One of the things we both noticed is that we have fewer bats this year.  Normally we see anywhere from 12-15 bats swooping and feeding over the pond.  I love watching them.  They come flying over the top of the house on a downward trajectory towards the water.  I’m not describing it well, but it’s pretty cool to observe.

The last shot of the sunset was taken with the white balance set to tungsten.  I love the way it brought out the blues and purples.

Today’s outdoor time was not nearly as breathtaking as last night’s sunset.  As mentioned earlier, the rain has turned the Bogs into a steam bath.  The mosquitoes and deer flies are thriving and on the attack.

I took a quick walk around the pond, then spent the rest of my time out in the garden, pulling lettuces for dinner tonight.  It’s too hot to stay out for long.  I am very grateful for the air conditioning, and that we had it repaired before this heat wave struck.  It doesn’t look as though we’ll get much relief.  The temperature is supposed to drop into the low 80s on Monday, but then begin climbing back into the 90s again after that.  Summer is definitely here in full force.

And that, folks, is about it from the Bogs for this steamy Saturday.


41 Comments on “303: Spectacular sunset”

  1. The first photograph is a good example of “less is more.” I also like the symmetry of the reflection.

    Steve Schwartzman
    http://portraitsofwildflowers.wordpress.com

  2. The reflection of the sunset in the pond is stunning! Hope you all have a lovely weekend and stay cool!
    Kathy

  3. That first photo is absolutely stunning!

  4. Marianne says:

    Beautiful sunset photos, Robin! The sky looks all velvety. Very pretty.

  5. Bo Mackison says:

    Love the reflections on the deck–such a rainy day photo. Very nice.

  6. carlaat says:

    Beautiful sunset. Hope you have more bats soon.

  7. Martina says:

    Robin, I love your sunsets, the blue one is my favorite. It’s great you got to experiment with your tripod, I’m sure it must be hard pick the best one. I don’t feel that any camera can truly represent the colors that the human eyes can see, in any mode. You did a great job here. So nice to see the sunsets.

  8. dragonfae says:

    Gorgeous pictures as always Robin! I agree that no camera (digital or film) is capable of capturing what we see … either the colors or the perspective.

    I love watching bats feed. One of the best dinners hubby and I ever shared was on the deck outside a restaurant on Lake Siskiyou (near Mt Shasta City). It was late evening, just past sunset, and a few minutes after we sat down there were dozens of bats doing aerobatics going after all the bugs. We were both delighted with the sight and in no hurry for dinner. 🙂

  9. tedgriffith says:

    Beautiful, Robin! I’m glad that you got some rain. Hopefully the heat will break soon. I especially liked the shot of the sun’s reflection on the deck. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Ted. We’re getting a little break now. The heat will return for the weekend, but it is nice to have some relief. 🙂

  10. Karma says:

    Love the rain and sun on the deck photo – so unusual and a nice perspective. I have heard of that using the tungsten setting for cool colors and never thought to apply it like that – great idea!

  11. I have to confess to being a real sucker for a nice sunset, and it sure put on a real display for you… Love the shots you captured of it developing…

  12. eof737 says:

    All of the shots are spectacular… Love them! 🙂

  13. Christine Grote says:

    The sunset shots are gorgeous, but my favorite photo is the first one.

  14. My poor garden dearly needs some rain..got a few drops Friday but that’s all there were..a few drops 😦

  15. ladyfi says:

    Wow wow wow and more wow! Spectacular shots!

  16. Isn’t it amazing how much of a difference there is between a night shot and a day shot?? That sky at night is just breathtaking!!

  17. Thanks for the treat, Robin. I’ve been stuck indoors getting over a really awful flu, and I miss my sunsets terribly. You’ve brought a stunning one to me :).

  18. Good for you, using your camera in manual mode! I rarely use mine in any other.
    Soft, gentle rains seem to be rare here in TX, it’s usually like someone turned the firehose on, leaving huge puddles in the grass. It’s amazing how beautiful the sky is when the sun comes out again after a storm. I’m glad you took the time to capture it (and there’s no such thing as taking too many photos!! 😉 )

    • Robin says:

      I’m starting to use it more in manual mode, Michaela, although there are occasions when it’s faster and easier to go with the auto modes. Trouble is, the auto modes don’t always do what I hope or expect.

      Wishing you some soft, gentle rains. I know you all need it down that way.

  19. milkayphoto says:

    The first image is quite magical…almost looks like a miniature set. You are very fortunate to get to see sunsets. Living on the North Shore of MA, we only have a few spots where we can do that, and it requires a 30-minute drive, so we rarely indulge. You’ve captured the beauty of the sky very well.

    To sunsetseasoul…I can commiserate with you… an awful head cold has grounded me for the last 4 days. So unfair when it is so nice outside!

    • Robin says:

      Funny you mention that, Tracy. I’ve been reading about tilt-shift photography lately. Not that I was going for anything of the sort with that first photo (I don’t think I could do it with my camera anyhow).

      I hope your cold has gone away and you’re feeling much better now. 🙂

  20. Maria says:

    Beautiful images, especially the first one. Looks like serenity

  21. Dana says:

    That IS a stunning sunset! I see many beautiful sunsets where I work (at the Harbour in Victoria, BC). I wish I could capture them in all their glory, but my point-and-shoot camera never does them justice.


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