Evenfall of Christmas Eve 2019 came with a flourish over southern Ocean County, New Jersey. Deep blues shot through with red, yellow, and orange, glowed elegant over the Cedar Run Dock Road salt marsh. A welcome sight to many in anticipation of the joy and love that overfills holiday hearts. I wish continued blessings to those whose cups are full, yet I will not miss the chance to recognize, love, and honor those whom struggle with loss and loneliness during this time. I see you.
One common mistake I observe when making sunset photographers is other people leaving the scene too early. More often than not the best color, intense drama and sunset magic happens after the sun goes down. So when you are out there shooting sunset make sure you wait for it!
Winter is disruptive to time, or at least our perception to it. Short days and long nights wreak havoc on our internal clocks sending us reeling to adjust. At times late afternoon feels like the middle of the night and the middle of the night feels like prime time. Despite the disruption, long nights give us much to enjoy—superlative sunsets not least among them.
There is something in a late September sky. Rainbow colors paint the sunset with pastel clouds spun across the sky. The cotton candy gossamer is backlit by a deep royal blue. Underneath it all the salt marsh, once proud and green, begins its annual retreat toward its browned suspension of life and vigor.
The evening approaches and cotton candy clouds thread across the sky. Pastels dance upon the strings. Stoic marsh grasses stand tall while glass calm waters reflect back the sunset tableau as would a mirror.
Life is hard. Salvos of burden, stress, and let downs fire across our bows whenever they are least wanted. Some shots finding their quarry. Yet if we look to nature we can find salvation and remember the beauty of life. The strength in every sunset.
Late summer is a time of reflection. On life, on time, and on the other things that reflect past, present, and future. We age and the clock moves faster still, yet nothing gives the arrow of time pause like a slow sunset burn. If only for a few moments all takes a pause and we exist as one.
Summer sunsets on the salt marsh. Does it get better? I invite you to come along with me as I share with you a summer stunner as the sun set upon the Cedar Run Dock Road marsh at its absolute peak. It’s moments like this that make me love being a landscape photographer.
When stillness, pastels, and glassy reflections meet at the salt marsh you can breathe it all in and smile inside because summer is here. Let your eyes gaze upon the calming oxbow feature framed by swaying marsh grasses and hum your favorite song. Placid moments are the spice of life.
A sublime pastel sunset over late June salt marsh has me questioning my own assumptions. Where has the green marsh gone? As sunset light reflects upon the marsh, I, too, reflect on if what I thought knew was true. Despite seeing the same place over and over for years you can “observe a lot by watching.” Thanks, Yogi.