Sunday, January 25, 2015

January Sunset in Malibu

Oliver, his friend Mac, Sophie and I drove out to Malibu at 3:30 this afternoon. It was about 75 degrees today and gloriously sunny, but we hadn't been to the beach in ages, and we particularly wanted to catch the sunset. I drove my sexy white Mazda on Sunset Boulevard all the way from our neighborhood to the coast and then headed north so it took some time, but the drive was easy and the boys entertained themselves by counting luxury cars. Luxury cars here are not the Mercedes and BMWs, but the Lambos, the Maseratis, the Porsches, the Rolls, the Bentleys, the G-Wagons, etc. ad nauseum and every single one was noted, and either Mac or Oliver "claimed" each one as theirs and I just nodded my head and hmmmmmed. Boys who love cars are entirely nonplussed by middle-aged women who couldn't give a damn. 

The sunset, on the other hand, a couple of hours later, was easily the most spectacular that I'd ever seen. I'm serious. It brought me to tears. I'm prone to hyperbole, but this was something else -- first some gentle blues and then pastel sorbets and then a bit of pink and orange and then -- well -- see for yourself! The sky was literally glowing.

I swear to you that there are no filters on any of these photos!
























I don't know where ya'll live, but you should move here. At least in January and February. The universe is particularly abundant, then.

17 comments:

  1. Good morning from Florida where it is still dark as can be. You know I love a sunset. What a beautiful thing to drive to the coast, just to watch one.
    "Just."
    As if there were a better reason.

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  2. Beautiful. The sunset, the offspring.

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  3. Very beautiful. When we drive home from work now the sun is getting low in the sky, as opposed to dark, and as we drive west home the sky is amazing. Looks like a painting.

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  4. Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.
    I can't imagine what the sound, the smell and the feel of the air must be.
    We have snow covered ice. Enough that it was hard to appreciate the beautiful morning sky.
    Thankful to be out of the path of the monster storm stalking the north east.

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  5. Maybe I could move there before the blizzard gets to New Jersey this afternoon!

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  6. Maybe I could move there before the blizzard gets to New Jersey this afternoon!

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  7. Now you KNOW how I feel about the sea. Remind me again why it is that I live in the desert??? What's WRONG with me??
    Beautiful images and words . . . as always

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  8. Sunsets? Glorious. Sunsets on the beach? Even better. Growing up on the Oregon Coast, I used to stop whatever I was doing nearly every night just to stare at the sun sinking into the Pacific. I miss that dearly, but now I get to awaken to sunrises over the Cascades and Lake Washington, so it's pretty spectacular still. I do wish I could take photos that were as good as yours, though. Maybe one day I will get a good one to share with you.

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  9. glorious and just the reason I miss your part of the planet...Nice to see Sophie out, too.

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  10. Glorious. And Sophie in the foreground even more beautiful.

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  11. Awaiting the snowstorm the talking heads have inexplicably named "Juno." That sounds so non-threatening, given the dire predictions about the accumulation and collateral damage. I wonder why they didn't call it Winter Storm Mean Bastard or something more aligned with the forecast. Wasn't Juno the Roman goddess of motherhood or something?

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  12. Wow. That last photo is wonderful. It's easy to see why people in the mid-century thought Southern California was paradise.

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  13. Wow.
    I'm trying reallllly hard to try and figure out why I live in freakin' Jersey.

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  14. I believe sunsets heal a multitude of ills. So glad you got to bask in one.

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  15. I believe you; those photos are stunning.
    There is something magical about sunrise and sunset, and the ability to stop, watch, and receive the daily gifts which they are to those willing to observe them.
    If you lived where we do, on many days you'd have just a hint that the sun is rising or setting, due to the "lid" (cloud cover). I think this makes it all the more magical when we can see it.

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