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An Unexceptional Sunset


I suppose it was obvious of late that I have been a bit disenchanted with the flow of life here.  There are some reasons, which I will come to one day, but not today, because I had one of those random experiences which make me blot out the crap and remember my passion for the island.

I was doing normal chores, I’d done a bit of shopping and went to pay my rent.  The real estate office is in Plaza Roja, close to where I live, and of late I’ve gone back to carrying my camera everywhere with me again. I’d stopped doing that during the move, and the not-doing-it kind of stuck. When I came out of the office around 6-ish the sun was going down, and so I thought I’d stroll over to the harbor to see if it was going to be a spectacular sunset. It showed no signs of being out of the ordinary, although ordinary is pretty good here, but it was pleasant after the heat of the day, so I walked along the boardwalk and onto the shore opposite to Montaña Roja.

This shoreline is pure volcanic lava frozen in time, sharp and sinister rocks which creep darkly into the ocean, and where countless rock pools form at low tide.  I took a few snaps. It wasn’t ideal. Foreground too dark, sun too bright, it was too early. As I picked my way amongst the rocks, the haunting cry of a curlew, who circled round in his search for easy pickings, and a lone, wee plover bobbing amongst the dark rubble.

There were few clouds around, and the sunset didn’t look like amounting to much, so I trod my careful way back to the promenade and the corner of the harbor, and as I ducked under the small bridge there it was the photo which had been worth waiting for, and which made me smile to realize that this was just an average day.

After the sun dipped beneath the horizon the sky took on a rosy afterglow, not as sensational as it can be perhaps, but pretty, and the for-once calm waters in the harbor and across this small bay turned that unreal shade of metallic blue they achieve after sunset and before sunrise.

I sat for a while longer, because you never know what may happen next at this time of day.  The old boys who hang out by the boats next to the slipway decamped for warmer places, it was beginning to get chilly, and the gulls circled as if they were surveying the waters one last time before they went to rest, and somehow all the things which had been nagging at me faded, not away, but into the background for now at least.

Author: IslandMomma

Aging with passion; travelling with curiosity; exploring islandlife, and trying to keep fit and healthy.

6 thoughts on “An Unexceptional Sunset

  1. Always difficult to predict a sunset. Still love your photos though. My other half always asks why I keep taking photos of the same sunset over and over again. It’s because they’re never the same. 🙂

  2. Thank you. There have been some great ones of late apparently, which I missed because I was glued to the computer :=( So right, they are never, ever the same. I used to live a bit further up the coast, with one of those wee balconies at the back where you could hang out washing etc and with a clear view, right down the road to the west, and we saw amazing sunsets almost every night, but I never got burned out on them because, as you say, every, single one was different!

  3. great sunset photos Linda. here last night the moon grabbed the attention, full, behind watery clouds it was totally magnificent and huge. we were driving and it was teasing us, in view, out of view and then behind bare wintery tree branches for our last glimpse looked quite a story book moon. at the end of a very ordinary day it gave me a real lift.

  4. Sounds gorgeous. What a shame you were driving and couldn’t photograph! These moments have to be seized wherever you are!

  5. Atmospheric pics of somewhere I know very well. This is where I spend a lot of time when it’s windy. Recently a friend took some pics of me windsurfing from the same harbour wall (which we call ‘el Muelle’) – they’re on our blog here:

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