Tag Archives: Sunset

Travel Theme: Romance

By Vladimir Brezina

Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge on this Valentine’s Day is, very appropriately, Romance.

The romance of watching the sunset together…

Watching the sunset together

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Paddling in the Florida Dusk

By Vladimir Brezina

People often ask us why we go. Well, this is one of the reasons…

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Florida Bay, December 2013, on Day 6 of our Everglades Shakedown paddle.

Weekly Photo Challenge: One

By Vladimir Brezina

This week’s Photo Challenge is One.

The One.

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Manhattanhenge, May 29, 2013.

San Diego Sunset Panorama

By Vladimir Brezina

The big picture—click on it to expand it…

San Diego sunset panorama

A Day at the Beach

By Vladimir Brezina

From dawn to dusk…

(click on any photo to start slideshow)

Thunderstorm over the Gulf at Sunset

By Vladimir Brezina

Seen from St. Pete Beach, Florida, August 2013.

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Manhattanhenge 2013

By Vladimir Brezina

Manhattanhenge is the phenomenon for which, future archeologists might well conclude, the rectangular street grid of Manhattan was built.  As Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astronomer who has spread the word about Manhattanhenge, writes:

What will future civilizations think of Manhattan Island when they dig it up and find a carefully laid out network of streets and avenues? Surely the grid would be presumed to have astronomical significance, just as we have found for the pre-historic circle of large vertical rocks known as Stonehenge, in the Salisbury Plain of England. For Stonehenge, the special day is the summer solstice, when the Sun rises in perfect alignment with several of the stones, signaling the change of season.

For Manhattan, a place where evening matters more than morning, that special day comes twice a year. For 2013 they fall on May 28th, and July 13th, when the setting Sun aligns precisely with the Manhattan street grid, creating a radiant glow of light across Manhattan’s brick and steel canyons, simultaneously illuminating both the north and south sides of every cross street of the borough’s grid. A rare and beautiful sight. These two days happen to correspond with Memorial Day and Baseball’s All Star break. Future anthropologists might conclude that, via the Sun, the people who called themselves Americans worshiped War and Baseball.

So Manhattanhenge proper—when half of the sun’s disk would have appeared on the horizon at the end of the cross streets at sunset—was actually yesterday, May 28th. But it was cloudy. And anyway, from Midtown Manhattan it’s not really possible to keep the sun in sight as it sinks all the way down to the horizon. New Jersey is in the way.

But today, May 29th, the full disk of the sun was to appear at the end of the cross streets at sunset. Even better!

Two years ago I observed Manhattanhenge from 34th Street. Today, for a change, I went to 42nd Street.

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The venue: 42nd Street

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Photographers gather

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That’s where it will happen

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Here it comes!

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It’s going to be good!

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Excitement mounts ;-)

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The magic moment

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Crowds worship the setting Sun on 42nd Street

On the Beach at Sunset

By Vladimir Brezina

St. Pete Beach, Florida, February 2013

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Winter Life at the Reservoir

By Vladimir Brezina

Last weekend at NYC’s Central Park Reservoir. An icy cold day. The Reservoir is mostly frozen over, leaving just a patch of open water where all of the Reservoir’s birds have congregated.

Johna surveys the panorama. (Click to enlarge any photo.)

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Midtown Manhattan rises up beyond.

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The birds are mostly Canada Geese and ducks, including some varieties that we’ve never noticed here before—they are probably from Canada, down for the winter. They paddle through the patch of open water, squabble, or just stand silently on the ice, beaks tucked into their back feathers, facing into the cold wind.

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The blue shadows lengthen as the sun goes down, lighting up the East Side on the other side of the Reservoir with its last rays.

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More photos are here.

Gulf Coast Sunset

By Vladimir Brezina

It’s freezing in New York City this week… so why not post a few photos of a warm, tropical beach in Florida?

St. Pete Beach, Florida, December 2012.

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More photos are here.