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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Welcome-home sunset

Sunset on the Columbia River, Astoria We arrived back in Astoria from Bend last night just as the sun was casting its glorious glow over land, water, trees, and all that exists here at "the end of the world," as it sometimes seems. We drove west on Highway 30 from I-5 at Longview, and as we neared the end of the road, the clouds crimsoned between the pines and firs. Not only crimson, but yellow, pink gray. . . . As Lee remarked, "This is the reason they call it 'The Sunset Empire.'" There were tantalizing glimpses of the sky as we travelled ever further west, hoping the color wouldn't fade by the time we reached Astoria. We finally gained the open and brilliant sky as the road broke free of the trees where Astoria ebmbraces the river's bank. Perfectly enough, there was a ship in view with its lights blazing in the twilight. Astoria is on the left, Washington on the right, and the heavy dark shapes on the horizon are two jetties, seen here because our view is from inside the East Mooring Basin. You may need to click the image to see/feel the details.

This sunset photo is especially for Vogon Poet and my personally-chosen sister city of Livorno, an Italian port on the Ligurian Sea.

9 comments:

cieldequimper said...

I'm sure VP will love it, lol! ;-) It is a beautiful sunset, the ship is dwarfed by the sky!

Faye Pekas said...

Wonderfully perfect. I'm so jealous that you get to see these beautiful sunsets over the water all the time. When I get to the coast I just have to HOPE there will be a good sunset.

Don and Krise said...

You sure timed this one right. Doesn't that just reinforce why you like living there?

Jacob said...

It just doesn't get any better than this, Sheryl! Colorful is way too mild a word!

Vogon Poet said...

This was so kind of you: I am very happy of your Absolutely Fabulous Sunset! You even put a ship on it, to make it perfect for me.
I'll double up my yearly quota to reciprocate your kindness!

TheRandomTraveler said...

This is a perfect shot!

Great photo!

Paty said...

what a perfect sunset!

Francisca said...

This is a beauty, Sheryl!

Alison Cassin said...

This is so beautiful! I live about 60 miles east of the coast, and one of my favorite things to do is to drive out and hope to catch a sunset after a day's walk on the beach. This picture is a good reminder that I need to go again soon!

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