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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Why do we think sunsets are pretty?

Brighton Skyline

Last Saturday, I took my husband to visit one of the most beautiful places on the planet. I've watched the sun set in so many different countries all around the world, and even so many places in Great Britain, and I am moved by every sunset I see - perhaps I am sentimental, but I can't think of a sunset that I find so profoundly sublime as the one you can see from Brighton beach.

We walked two and a half miles along the promenade, alongside the crashing waves and the salt-tumbled pebbles, as the sun dipped lower and lower in the sky, before sinking down just far enough to touch the horizon. We watched its final descent below the surface from a bench in front of a neat little row of beach huts which were bathed in the amber glow reflecting from the clouds as the sun descended.

This year has been one of the hardest so far - nothing has been certain, we've had to leave our home, and it has been deeply unsettling not to know what the immediate future holds, even though we do have each other. Looking at a sunset and letting one of the planet's most every day (literally) occurrences overwhelm me was more soothing than I could have ever expected. The sun sets every single day. It is beautiful. Every single day.

What does the sunset look like where you live? And why do you think humans seem to all agree universally that a sunset is pretty?

Sunlight dog
beach silhouettes
Sunset beach huts brighton
Sunset paradise UK

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55 comments:

  1. These look so gorgeous! Great shots!

    http://peeintothewind.tumblr.com

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    1. Eee, thanks! And you've been my first commenter on the last few posts in a row! I wonder if you'll continue your winning streak?!

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  2. Gosh I love sunsets! I think we think they are so pretty because of the pretty colors they create in the sky :)

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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    1. Yeah, I think it must be something to do with the colours. I'd be interested to see if people with different types of colour blindness still think sunsets are pretty...

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  3. Ah, such gorgeous photos! I love your words too. As for sunsets, each and every one is beautiful and meaningful in my opinion. I'm so glad you got joy from watching the sunset, the amber glow looks heavenly. I'm so sorry you've had such a hard time this year, but I'm so glad you've got each other and are staying strong and keeping positive <3

    Sophie | soinspo xo

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    1. :) Thanks for your lovely comment! Things are looking up, and hopefully soon everything will feel a bit less scary!

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  4. Oh my gosh, your comments on my blog made my day!! I am obsessed with the stunning color of your hair! Also, you seem like an incredibly strong and resilient person and the photos in this post are beautiful! :)

    allienotsally.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! I don't think of myself as particularly resilient, but I'd love to be, so that's a huge compliment! :)

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  5. Oh this is such a lovely post Candy. The beach huts especially are beautiful <3 I hope the next few months start to bring more hope of security and stability in time for the new year; you both deserve it so so much.

    Emma x
    Deerful

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    1. <3 Emmaaa! I miss you! I can't wait for things to be more stable again too, so I can make plans to see people and do nice things and all that jazz! <3

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  6. Those photos are gorgeous! Especially the one where you can see the rays of light passing through. To me, I think sunsets are prettier than sunrises because they are more unpredictable. Sometimes sunrises also take my breath away, however I find on average sunsets are more unpredictable as different cloud formations in the sky can radically change the entire scene.

    I hope that the rest of the year is kinder to you and your husband.

    http://dignifiable.blogspot.com

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    1. I very rarely get to see the sun rise because I am not nearly as morningy as I want to be! I'll have to get up early some time soon to watch the sun rise!

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  7. I love sunsets so much! It always reminds me how beautiful life is.

    http://thewallflowersecrets.com

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  8. Ooh, this is a such an interesting way of looking at things! I love your way of thinking, and beautiful pictures as well!

    Arushee // Unadorned Gifts

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  9. Lovely post. :) I used to watch sunset with someone but I still enjoy watching it alone on a very rare occasion. Your post reminded me of good memories. By the way, I was amazed when I read your bio. You own an Axolotl. Omg! :) I've always wanted to have one but I don't think I can find an axolotl in our country.

    Happy Friday!
    x, shekinahjoy.com

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    1. I didn't think we'd be able to find one in this country either, but we found a woman who bred them! I'll do a post abut him soon.

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    2. I will wait for your post about him. :)

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  10. Why do we find them so universally pretty? The sun brings life and is the source of all that lives and grows. It shares colours are of warmth and summer and it is a constant.

    We often notice them more in wide open spaces such as beaches, plains and meadows and the association in our mind is with these places of sanctuary, rest, peace and happy times.

    Or perhaps I am over-analyzing it?

    Re the comment above, what is an axolotl and are there any pictures of it on here.

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    1. I don't think I have ever posted about our axolotl! I'll have to do that soon.

      And yes, I think that the sun=life thing is probably pretty spot on. In ancient times, a sunrise and a sunset would have felt very overwhelming, I imagine.

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  11. This was really beautifully written, Candy. And your photos are stunning too! I don't know what it is, but there's definitely something special with a sunset.
    I hope you two have a calmer year ahead of you!

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

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    1. Oof, me too! And thanks for your kind words - they mean such a lot! <3

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  12. South Africa has incredible sunsets - warm orange and calming colors. I think it is more of what sunsets symbolize. The ending of a day - before another starts... well, that's how it is for me anyway.
    So if I have a bad day, sunsets calm me down and make me realize tomorrow is on its way and will be better.
    But yes I do think they are spectacular.
    Sorry to hear that your year has been tough - I really hope things get better.

    New follower xxxxxxx


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    1. I'd love to see a sunset in South Africa. I imagine they look a bit like sunsets I've seen in Australia, but no two sunsets are quite the same!

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  13. Gorgeous pictures, these sunsets are stunning :)

    I have a new post up, would love to know your thoughts;

    http://electricsunrise.blogspot.co.uk

    x

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    1. I'm so glad you like my pictures. That makes me happy! :)

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  14. This was lovely to read. And I think sunsets are compelling because they really put us in our place as humans. They make us realise how small we are and that we're at the mercy of mother nature. If you really think about it, we owe our lives to the sun - we wouldnt be here without it. Also, the sun setting and rising is the one thing on this planet that is certain. That and sunsets are the best colours ever!

    Cats In Crop Tops

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    1. Yes, I think you're right! And it's good to feel small as humans every now and then!

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  15. These are such gorgeous pictures, I've never seen the sun set in Brighton but it now seems like something I have to see. Where I live I'm perched on the top of a hill so at night you get a beautiful view in that golden hour / sunset light, but sadly I'm facing the wrong way to actually watch the sun set. I think my favourite sun sets have all been over water - there's something about the reflection that makes it even more beautiful, like you get everything twice over because of the reflection. xx

    Angelica // One Little Vice

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    1. That light is the best though, isn't it! I used to have a similar situation in my old bedroom - the sun would come pouring in and it was so beautiful!

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  16. how. beautiful.

    i'm going to brighton next year :) they host a vegan festival in that city. can't wait to see that sunset!

    christina
    cityloveee

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    1. You'll absolutely love it, I am certain!

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  17. This is beautifully written and the pictures are gorgeous. xx

    Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Thanks! :) I am really pleased that people seem to like this post! :)

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  18. I love watching sunsets! Most photos on my phone are mostly sunsets, I think I'm a bit obsessed :)

    Love,Sara Wallflower

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  19. Love your writing, it shows your true feelings. Everyone has up and downs, but life just goes on, so NEVER give up!

    Xx

    xoyaoyao.wordpress.com

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  20. Sorry to hear you have had a rough time recently, I hope it gets better soon for you :)
    Sunsets are so beautiful, you've really made me think :)

    www.violetdaffodils.com
    xx

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  21. Beautiful photos! I also like sunsets. For me, that's a moment of quiet. The best is yet to come.

    Jasmine x
    For a Real Woman - Instagram - Bloglovin

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    1. That's a really interesting insight! I think you're right! :)

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  22. Love your blog! I just followed you on Twitter, would you please follow me back? :)

    Michaella from http://quitealooker.blogspot.com/

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    1. So glad you like my blog, lovely! :)

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  23. These photos are absolutely stunning! I've always loved sunsets, I think they're so pretty!

    vvnightingale.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I am glad you like the photos, my dear! :)

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  24. There is MAGIC in sunsets I tell you! The magic bursts our through the clouds and showers itself down on the world through it's rays. I go so mushy over a beautiful sunset! The Brighton one looks stunning. Such pretty ones are hard to forget. So glad you got to capture it :)

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    1. I think you might be right about the magic! :)

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  25. I'm also fascinated by sunsets (and the sky in general!) - sometimes I get the urge to do a Constable and start painting cloudscape studies. The sky is wonderful, and I love the feeling that humans must have been gazing up in wonder at the ever-changing day/night sky for millennia. There was a beautiful one tonight, despite the storm - I'll be sharing it on my blog when I get round to uploading my photos (so rubbish at that at the mo!) xx

    Tamsin / A Certain Adventure

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    1. I can't wait to see them! Storm photos can be so dramatic and romantic. I'm not handy enough with paints to do cloudscapes, but I'd love to learn. I might try to practise by painting from some photos. Now there's an idea...!

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  26. Sunsets are my favourite things to photograph! I always post photos of sunsets on my instagram x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

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  27. Gosh those are good photos! Really, really lovely! There's a job I was thinking of applying for in Brighton and now I think I'm sold...!
    I know what you mean about that strange universal love of sunset (and sunrise, actually). I'm not sure what it is but I love to think about the millions of human beings before our generation who have watched the sun set. I like to think about the fact that although the world has changed so much, a sunset looks just as it always did. Comforting thought,i think!

    Flora

    www.floraemay.blogspot.co.uk

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