Letting The Sun Go Down On Me

Letting The Sun Go Down On Me

Sunsets have been on my mind recently.

I feel that as the nights draw in, we start to notice sunsets more. The vermilion hues catch our eye on our commute home from work or as we stand at the kitchen sink doing the washing up whilst gazing out the window.

The adjectives to describe a sunset are numerous. I know I’ve been guilty of using every gushing hyperbole in the book, so I won’t even go there. 

Apart from the obvious beauty of a sunset, why do I love them so much? Let me try to explain.

A sunset gives me a sense of space.

Lamington National Park, QLD, Australia

Lamington National Park, QLD, Australia

A sunset gives me a new perspective.

Chicago, USA

Chicago, USA

A sunset is time for me to reflect.

Sunset at Ulu Watu

Ulu Watu, Bali

A sunset is an adventure waiting in the wings.

View from Coronet Peak, Queenstown, New Zealand

Coronet Peak, Queenstown, New Zealand

A sunset is a promise to myself.

Glenelg, Adelaide, South Australia

Glenelg, Adelaide, South Australia

A sunset is making a memory.

St Kilda beach, Melbourne, Australia

St Kilda Beach, Melbourne, Australia

A sunset is my present, my past and my future.

Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne, Australia

A sunset is always a great story.

Just like the time on the island of Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand, when my friend and I watched the sun setting from the beach. As the sun melted into the ocean, two young local boys played in the water with an inflatable air bed. My friend, being unable to resist such larks, strode into the sea and joined in with the jumping and splashing as if he were still eight years old.

Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

The kids shrieked with joy as my friend held the inflatable on the surface of the water so that they could balance on it like a surfboard. They giggled, ducked and dived as he splashed water at them.

Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

I loved how simply the trio came together; from different countries, ages and language. And it was soothing to watch, like all sunsets are; a gentle balm for the soul after a long day.

A sunset allows you to enjoy the moment.

I have made a promise to myself that one day I will be more of a morning person and get up to witness a few sunrises. I would like to see how starting my day with a magnificent sunrise makes me feel. If it’s anything like a cracking sunset, I’m sure it will leave me smiling all day.

Have you witnessed a spectacular sundown? Where was it? How did it make you feel?


  1. October 15, 2015 / 8:36 PM

    beautiful photos 🙂 I am not sure which I like best sunsets or sunrise…

    • October 15, 2015 / 8:42 PM

      Thank you vinneve! Hopefully one day I will be up early enough to be able to catch a few sunrises and will be able to make a comparison!

  2. October 15, 2015 / 11:30 PM

    Beautiful sunset shots specially the last one.
    I love sunsets; well I’m not a morning person either. The recent spectacular sunset that I witnessed was on the road in Utah near Arizona border. 360degree view, amazing it was.

    • October 18, 2015 / 12:34 PM

      A 360 degree view would definitely make a perfect setting for a sunset! I bet it was fantastic!

      • October 18, 2015 / 10:27 PM

        Yes it was! One of the best I have witnessed.

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