Sunsets, 2011

First: Tonight’s sunset, with extra added American flag:

Second: A selection of sunsets from 2011. Enjoy.

Third, have a sunrise. Because you deserve it.

In all, another good year for that great big ball of plasma in the sky.

29 Comments on “Sunsets, 2011”

  1. The thing I love about sunset photos is looking at them and going “if that was a painting I’d wonder what the painter was on”. So hey, big guy in the sky, are you high on life?

    Nice pics!

  2. Thank you!

    I don’t get to see rural sunsets very often; it’s nice to know that they can be as lurid as the big city version.
    I never get to see sunrises anywhere…

  3. Numbers 6 and 8 are just ludicrously, pants-wettingly beautiful. If I lived there I’d fritter half my days away just standing around saying “whoa”.

  4. Lovely, especially the third from the bottom, which looks like Van Gogh was consultant on the project.

  5. Rebel Sowell – Midland, TX – Rebel has written numerous short stories and poetry over the years. She has completed one fantasy novel and is currently working on two historical novels. She graduated in 2013 with her MFA in Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University.
    Rebel Sowell

    Absolutely beautiful!

  6. ytimynona – FLORIDA – I'm a big wannabe. Wannabe a truck driver, PotUS, scientist, writer, and teacher. Well, I already am a teacher. :-)
    ytimynona

    I have camera envy! Also, I am in love with this scenery. Scalzi, you’re like an advertisement for rural Ohio. (I’ve only lived in Cleveland, so I got some breathtaking city sunsets, but nothing like these!)

    Thanks for sharing these with us!

  7. These are great shots. The pictures I took of the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean from our cruise ship on Christmas day are good, but they’re not this good. They’ll be up on Facebook in a little while. In any case, great job.

  8. A lovely collection. Are most of those take from or around your house? Because I imagine being up on your mostly-treeless hill gives you a nice horizon view. Unfortunately most of the southern Ohio sunsets viewable from my house happen below the tree-line. I could leave the house, I guess, but at times I’ve found it easier to climb up on the roof.

  9. Number 8; no earth only sky. Very BIG.
    I love it.
    P.S. re: Ebenezer – a timer would work. Or you could always wake up early then sleep in late (my personal favorite).

  10. Seeing these great pics together prompts me to ask something I’d never thought of before… How exactly do you ensure that you’re _there_ at just the right time, to capture the sunset each night? A custom alarm clock driven by astronomical data through a Netduino? A fortuitously placed, westward facing, writing desk window? Good old-fashioned organisation and life self-discipline? An employee?

  11. “In all, another good year for that great big ball of plasma in the sky.”

    Enjoy it while you can. Another 5 billion years and POOF it wipes out the whole place..

    Thanks for the great pictures & happy new year

  12. D. Paul Angel – I am in my 40’s (the new "20" they say!), am originally from California, and now live in Portland, OR, but would eventually like to "retire" to Hawaii. I am, most definitely, a “Nerd’s Nerd.” I can recite huge tracts of Monty Python, can force Star Wars quotes into nearly any conversation, find serenity amongst fireflies, enjoy hitchhiking to the beach with my towel in hand (remember the Hawaii bit), have found precious little to dislike about Tolkien, and find any argument favoring Picard over Kirk to be both fascinating and most illogical. My foundation in Science Fiction began with Asimov, but Heinlein’s wit brought it to the front of my conscious. Although I am still recovering from the amount of time spent wheeling through Jordan and Sanderson’s epic, I have found long series, such as Scalzi’s, no longer make me feel like an old man (The new 20, right!?). I've always had a love of comics, particularly the far side of Bloom County where Calvin lived, often casting pearls before swine whilst doing the foxtrot over the hedge. Even though I already have 2 puppy-dogs I love, Zack and Satia, I can’t help but think how awesome having a magical creature would be; even if I do worry that caring for it would leave me feeling hagrid. I am more comfortable tweeting than facebooking, and I'm not athletic enough to be a tumblr. I'm also an airplane nerd and a licensed, albeit non-current, pilot. I've travelled enough to know I want to travel more, I've read, cover to cover, The Bible, Koran, Book of Mormon, Science and Health, and a smattering of Eastern philosophies, and I was one of the early board members of Cerimon House. I can bake bread from scratch, grill, and cook; and I've failed, miserably, in learning at least 4 different programming languages. I write, commit photography, and am learning the ins and out of drawing and illustration. I have long straddled that shady realm between the wholly physical and utterly imaginative, and I'm working towards taking up residence in the latter. I'm an expert in all forms of philosophocating, but find it is best done with open eyes, compassion, and humor; preferably with pleasant company, snacks, and an ample supply of delicious beverages. I have also been known to make the occasional pun.
    D. Paul Angel

    John,

    Can I ask what you use for your picture taking? Are you just using your iPhone or do you have something more elaborate?

    All the best,
    Paul

  13. These are spectacular. Thank you for sharing. Great photography subject. I think I just might take some of my own.

    Elaine Sangiolo
    @Inkdipped

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