The colors really show up after the sun sinks below the horizon. This night was notable for some rather ominous looking dark streaks. Here you have the usual sea stacks, but beyond I managed to catch the Cape Blanco Lighthouse firing at its 20 second intervals. The driving distance to Cape Blanco from Coquille point (in the foreground is roughly 28 miles (45 km). Heading straight across the water it’s likely to be closer.

From Wikipedia: Note that maps of the 48 states that are displayed in an equal-area projection can give the impression that the state of California extends farther west than it actually does. The westernmost point in California (Cape Mendocino) is approximately seven miles east of the westernmost point in Oregon (Cape Blanco), and approximately 14 miles (23 km) east of the westernmost point in Washington (Cape Alava).


Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward. 
― E.E. Cummings


47 thoughts on “post-sunset

  1. It is a gorgeous photo, indeed, Gunta…full of all kinds of “Wows!” The beautiful sky with its dark streak, the spot of light on the horizon, the silhouetted sea-stacks, and of course, the little wavelets running across the shore in the foreground….wonderful. 🙂


    • Don’t you just love “wow” filled photos? I posted a very similar shot not long ago, but it didn’t have the light, nor the streaks, so I’m thinking this was an upgrade. 🙂


    • I didn’t mind looking at the image since we’ve had a storm move in bringing some much needed rain (though not enough) with strong wind gusts. I just read the wild surf advisory. Thought about heading out to the beach to catch some more crazy waves, but the change in weather made me very sleepy! Time for some soup and a good book!


  2. Doh! I’ve been saying that Cape Mendocino was the farthest west. Only off by 20 some minutes…oops! Thanks for setting me straight!


    • You had it right for California. I first heard the claim that Cape Blanco was the farthest west when I moved out here, then a volunteer at the lighthouse told me about Cape Alava in Washington, not to mention Alaska or Hawaii…. 😉 That link to Wiki is actually rather interesting because it also gives other geographic notables.


    • We’ve had some phenomenal sunsets lately – probably since around Thanksgiving. And I didn’t do any post-processing other than straightening the horizon a hair. I’m still wondering what those darker streaks were.


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