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Light Show

Like surprises? Then you must like sunrises and sunsets, because you can rarely predict what the rising or setting sun will bring to the scene before your eyes.

Atmospheric conditions—clouds, haze, and fog—can shorten or  extend the light show. Amplify its color. Or negate it entirely. And as it travels north and south through the seasons, the sun rises and sets at different points on the horizon, too.

In winter months, for example, the sun sets at a rather opportune spot behind a natural arch on Pfeiffer Beach. And if the clouds and tide cooperate, one can see the warm light of the setting sun pour through the arch at the end of the day and God Rays illuminated in the ocean mist that rises from the surging tide.

I had read about this phenomenon, but I hadm’t seen it for myself until my trip this winter. You can see my favorite photo from that afternoon above.

Shortly after I created the photo, below, the sun began to creep into a bank of clouds that stretched across the horizon. And as the light faded in the arch, I ran across the sand to see if I could find another photo as the sun sank into those clouds. I’ll share that photo with you next week. See you then.

As the Setting Sun Casts Warm Light, Waves Crash through a Natural Arch at Pfeiffer Beach. Big Sur, California.