In New England, winter sunsets happen around 4:30 PM. This is today’s sunset at school. Typically we are outside on the playground at this time. Today we were inside. When I saw the sunset’s pink and yellow colors, looking out the classroom windows, we all went outdoors and watched. No coats, just us and the sky. It was cold, but no one cared. For a long time we were, well, ‘there’. A group moment doesn’t need words. There are never enough sunsets.
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You got that right Jennie. I can’t wait to get to Mexico and enjoy the most beautiful sunsets over the ocean. 🙂 xx
Promise to take plenty of pictures and share them!!
You don’t have to twist my arm! 🙂
I’ve noticed an interesting phenomenon about sunsets.
I watch the Cox bay camera religiously to see how the weather is exactly. I’ve noticed at sunset (and particularly when It’s a great sunset) that people will stop walking and stand in groups watching the sun go down. No matter which beach I’ve seen this same behaviour!
People will group up and watch the sun setting, as If to say goodbye to the day, the light!
I suspect our ancestors did the same thing? They knew night was coming and it was time to take shelter for protection.
So I think this collectively encoded our genes such that all sunsets we stop,stare and go away(in our mind).
I also think that when we had a fire to keep ourselves warm and to cook and to have light, that we stared into the fire like moths to a flame. I’ve noticed everybody around a fire stares into it like as If they are in a trance…..which they are! They are reliving what our ancestors felt.
And no matter how many times we’ve seen the sun set, the sight never gets old. It’s always as if we’re seeing it for the first time.
You are exactly right! It’s a lovely ritual.
Sunsets 🌇, sunrises 🌅 all beautiful!
Every one. Thank goodness there are two a day!
Jennie, your description of you and your class going out to just stand there, being absorbed by the beauty of the sunset, is wondrous.
Thank you so much, Miriam!
Sunsets and rises are always more than welcome! xx
oh, what a lovely experience for all of you. what a wonderful way to teach them to appreciate the important things around us in the world
Thank you, Beth. It was a lovely moment. We can only watch sunsets when days are shorter in the winter.
Nature in it’s glory!
Thank you for this moment of grace, Jennie.
They never get old. It really does feel as if we’re seeing a sunset (or sunrise) for the first time, every time.
It’s the same for me.
Cheers to your timing. I find it interesting that as a whole, someplace have better sunsets – other places favor sunrises. Of course, most people miss the latter.
It is interesting. I just might Google that question.
So beautiful, Jennie. A great moment too.
Thank you, John.
💫This post gave me goosebumps! I love words but sometimes the most powerful thoughts are unspoken.. ❤️
I agree! That one was very beautiful! It must have really amazing being there with you and your class.
Yes, it was! These glorious sunsets at school are only there during the short days. Winter leaves beauty for the children.
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Thank you, Michael!
I had read on Trent’s site, your are still in deepest winter, there in New England. Best wishes, and have a nice weekend, Jennie! xx Michael
Thank you, Michael. It is cold here! Happy weekend to you!
Thank you very much, Jennie! I hope you are having a warm living room, so looking out of the windows is much more romantic. Enjoy your Sunday! xx Michael
It is warm inside. We had a lovely fire last night, and will have another one tonight. Best to you, Michael!
I think we are too far east to get the best from our sunsets in Beetley. It seems to go from ‘too bright to look at’ to ‘dark’. 🙂
Best wishes, Pete.
Really? That’s a shame, Pete. I wonder why. Is it always that way?
Not so much in the summer, but definitely in the winter when the sun stays very low in the sky.
At least you can enjoy summer sunsets.
You are right, there are never enough sunsets. We are so lucky to be able to view sunsets from our front door. The sunsets over a lemon grove around 6 pm at this time of year. In the summer we can watch it as we sip a glass of wine on our deck. Heaven. Another teachable moment for you and your class.
Sunsets are so spectacular. I see them more often than sunrises.
I do, too!
Winter sunsets and winter shadows… ART for hearts and souls of every age! Lovely, Jennie!
Well said, Bette! Thank you! 💕
Have a wonderful week, Jennie!
You, too! 😍
Jennie, this is beautiful!
Sun setting replicates something different for me, it ends a day but fills me with a promise of brighter future tomorrow. Ao it enlighten hope in me
Our sunsets have been amazing this year, Jennie. Your photo is lovely.
They really have been, Dan. I wonder why. Thank you!
A treat for us here is being able to see the sunset. In Oregon the sun set behind a large hill which totally blocked any chance of seeing it. These days it is sun down, soup on. A true New England winter day.
Yes, that’s exactly how it is!
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So beautiful! I love a good sunset or sunrise! I’ve snapped my share of pictures of them over the years. Never gets old!
Yes, it never gets old. Each one seems brand new.
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Oh I agree 💯…there are never enough sunsets and I am never bored watching them 🌅💖
There really should be multiple sunsets a day🤪
Very cool photo! Thank you for sharing🌅