The California coastline offers beautiful views of the golden sun taking a final splash into the ocean where the sky meets the sea. When I am near the ocean, I never miss this golden hour.
Sun sets early in our part of the world. By 8:00 P.M. the final sliver of the big show is all but over, and the day’s activity on the sand comes to a close as a steady wind whips sunburned bodies and fatigue sets in.
Each time I sit in reverential quiet I think of how our day is coming to a close as the other half of the globe is experiencing sunrise.
The Greeks and Romans had their own understanding of cycles, seasons, weather…sunsets.
The Hesperides, goddesses of the evening and responsible for the golden light of sunset, tended the golden apples presented as wedding presents from Gaia to the sky-gods Zeus and Hera. The glorious sunset was created to celebrate the wedding of the sky-gods.
Tonight’s sunset brought to mind Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of the Anne of Green Gables series. I find a whisper of the Hesperides in her poem.
A gallant city has been builded far
In the pied heaven,
Bannered with crimson, sentinelled by star
Of crystal even;
Around a harbor of the twilight glowing,
With jubilant waves about its gateways flowing
A city of the Land of Lost Delight,
On seas enchanted,
Presently to be lost in mist moon-white
Given but briefly to our raptured vision,
With all its opal towers and shrines elysian.
Had we some mystic boat with pearly oar
And wizard pilot,
To guide us safely by the siren shore
And cloudy islet,
We might embark and reach that shining portal
Beyond which linger dreams and joys immortal.
But we may only gaze with longing eyes
On those far, sparkling
Palaces in the fairy-peopled skies,
O’er waters darkling,
Until the winds of night come shoreward roaming,
And the dim west has only gray and gloaming.
Before I say goodnight for the evening, I’ll share a few photos I took between 7 and 8 PM. I focused on how others were enjoying the golden hour.
Tomorrow is our last full day of Newport Beach. I need to get to bed so I can rise early enough to make the most of it.
You’ll note I don’t take a lot of sunrise photos.