Monday, September 22, 2014

The Last Sunset of Summer

It wasn't a great weekend for landscape photography, with all the rain.  So when the Monday weather forecast called for sunshine and clear skies, I knew where I would go at day's end.  I threw the pups in the car and headed for Christmas Cove.

As I turned into the parking lot, I was struck by its emptiness.  Where were all the cars of summer lined up for a classic Lake Michigan sunset?  Pushing down a tinge of sadness, I lost myself in the approaching sunset.  The sun was so bright, I could hardly look through my viewfinder.  I could tell it was going to be a good night for a sunset.

The sky reddened as the sun sank into the Lake.

It would be one of those sunsets where the time after equals the beauty of the actual sunset.

Before I knew it, it was gone.  The sun had set on the summer.

And the afterglow of memories was all that remained of another Leelanau summer.


  1. I love the richness of the colors - especially the 3rd pic down - the sun seems to be sinking into the deep indigo of Lake Michigan.

  2. Thanks, Jackie. Yes, the colors were very rich last night and I really like the word indigo you used to describe the water. Happy Fall! Karen

  3. Super captures of this gorgeous end of summer sunset, Karen. I love the glowing colors and reflected light across the water. I share your sad feelings on seeing signs that summer is over. Now, lets embrace the beauties of Autumn!