Monday, October 11, 2004

Missed Sunset

Sometimes the twilight comes and goes and you don’t even realize it.

I just took a break from my laptop and looked outside, and was surprised to see the night lights and darkness around. And it does not even seem like I have been at it for long. The last time I looked out there was a fair amount of light. Not sunny, but bright at the same time. And no inclinations of the sun about to set.

I have always found the ‘sunset window’ to be very intriguing. It does not hang around for too long. I notice this whenever I decide to watch a sunset. Most of the time you land up spending at least an hour or more patiently waiting for the right moment to for the sunset to ‘start’ and then it only lasts about 15 minutes and suddenly it is dark. But the wait is always worth it. Those few moments are very beautiful.

What makes watching the sunset worth it is the wait. And what makes the wait worth it is when you are in a relaxed mood and all geared up to watch the sunset. Somehow, my favourite memories of sunsets are always related to vacations and to places away from where I stay. To beaches, to mountain tops, to cliffs, to rivers and forests. Those are moments I can’t resist capturing if I have a camera in my hand and keep clicking away.

I love the way the sun bleeds into the sky and how everything changes in those few moments. Every bit of the experience is essential. The birds flying away. The smell in the air. The sound of the sea and the wind. The glistening reflection of the sun in any surface that can reflect. It is a multi-sensory experience.

But today I missed it. Today I didn’t realize when it happened. But I can’t even say that I would have wanted to see it today.

There would have been no wait. And I like to wait for the sunset.


Rachel said...

Such a beautiful reflection! I enjoy the sunsets precisely for the waiting time and then there is a moment, just some seconds where it seems that we are not here, like being witness of some silent place, incredibly beautiful. and suddenly a breeze moves across the view to tell us that darkness is taking its place. I don't know if you have read "the green beam" by Julius Verne. It says, explained through a beautiful love story, that the last sunbeam we can perceive while watching the sunset is green. And that when we see it it is then that we have seen the sunset the way it is. Have you heard of that story?

Thanks for your comments, your blog is deep and beautiful. You are now part of my favorite blogs.
bye for now

hyelbaine said...

Very thoughtful and excellent post indeed. More of the same please ;)

Cheers!!! :D

Sara said...

I agree with Pandora. It's nice to be reminded of the more quiet times in life and your insight allowed me to have a good understanding of what you were describing. Thanks for the link. I'm adding you now, too : ).

Akshay said...

Dusk, is just an illusion, because the sun is either above the horizon or below it. And that means that day and night are linked in a way that few things are; there cannot be one without the other, yet they cannot exist at the same time. How would it ?

puglet said...

What a great post to "come home" to. Living in NYC..I don't view the sunset..just a slow slip into darkness on my bus ride to work..with sunup hid behind blackout curtains as i come home, so not to wake myself up when i need to go to sleep.
Thank you :)

wandering dervish said...

a beautiful post indeed!the imagery of the sun bleeding into the sky is so appropriate- i have thought of it often ; and been moved -into a wordless feeling- by the purple thickness of clouds, but your post captures it just so beautifully!

manababies said...

I take hundreds of pictures every month and have yet to photograph a sunset. Reason being, my timing is usually off and the skyline where I live isn't the most attractive, with all the cookie cutter houses blocking my view. Your post reminded me that perhaps it's time to move on -- we only planned on being here for a few years anyhow -- in search of something different that would allow for breathtaking sunsets. Gosh, how we tend to forget about these everyday treats!

. : A : . said...

Pandora - Your description of "and suddenly a breeze moves across the view to tell us that darkness is taking its place" is so true. I can feel it right now as I think back. I have not read "The Green Beam" but would love to. Will definitely put it on my list! Thanks for adding me on.

hyelbaine - There are some more posts like this over the past month or so. Dig into the archives. I promise more in the future too!

Sara - Remembering the more quiet times allows you to get away from where you are. It is a great getaway for me. Thanks for adding me on, too! :-)

akshay - Sometimes the sun is both above and below the horizon. That where the link that cannot be broken passes on from one day to another. Your observation (there cannot be one without the other, yet they cannot exist at the same time) is very insightful indeed.

puglet - On the other hand I would love to visit NYC. I have been thinking about it for quite sometime now. Maybe soon! Glad you enjoyed the post.

wandering dervish - Thanks. I have some taken some photographs of what I believe are a near accurate depiction of the sun bleeding into the sky. Unfortunately, it only captures the bleeding part but somehow, the sun has taken a backseat. I hope to capture what I wrote someday.

superMANA! - With the cookie clutter houses you might be able to get a good picture of the 'sun bleeding into the sky' against this backdrop. Might make for a good one. Agree, with you that we forget about these everyday treats. I only get to enjoy it a couple of times a year, with difficulty.

Jethro said...

awesome pics
thanks - i love the sunset also

Amy said...

You put it into words so beautifully. I felt like I was experiencing it with you.

. : A : . said...

Jethro, Amy - Thanks.