Blooming Rose

Blooming Rose

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Red Sun At Night - Part II - And Something New

I have wonderful house guests right now and a few days ago we were driving home from
antiquing/thrifting in Santa Barbara.  I stopped to take a few pictures and remembered
that last May I had done a post about pretty much the same thing.  So if you will forgive
me, because I do have several house guests and need to spend time with them, I will
include some of the same things I wrote several months ago.  I have added several more
tidbits and more pictures. I know I should be writing about fall but it is over 100 degrees
in Southern California right now so we are holding on to summer a bit longer.

It was a glorious, sunny and warm day. My guests and I were late in leaving Santa
Barbara after a lovely day of antiquing/thrifting so we decided to take the coast road
home instead of the freeway to avoid the late afternoon traffic.

Actually, my intention was to show my guests the changes in the sky as the sun would
begin to set.  We were not is a rush.  I guess the surfers around Malibu were not in a
rush either.

The sun was still bright and a wind had kicked up. We passed lots of surfers but our
attention was drawn to the beautiful kites and those people flying above the water on

The kite surfers!


We had to pull over and watch these athletes letting the wind pull them around the
ocean with only a kite above them and just a board at their feet. The strength these
guys have is amazing. They surf the ocean and a minute later they are jumping up in
the air as they maneuver kites so they can fly over the water.

 It is truly incredible to watch these extreme sportsmen. I was absolutely in awe of their
strength. We were totally mesmerized as they lifted up in the air..

Exhausted at the end of the flight...

As we drove along I could tell the sky was beginning to change and the sun was casting
shadows and a glimmer on the ocean water.

It seemed like every time we looked toward the ocean the sky was beginning to 
change hue...

Slowly but surely...

Now it was more and more difficult to keep our eyes on the road because our attention
was on the magic light show taking place in the sky. Finally, we just gave up trying to drive.

We quickly parked the car, sat back and enjoyed another magnificent sunset over the
Pacific Ocean.

It certainly looks like the sun is begining to fall from the sky...

A big round ball coming to earth...

Lower and lower...

Kissing the mountains...

And now the sun is saying goodnight with a glow behind the mountains...

Another sweet gift in life.  A gigantic Thank You to Mother Nature!

As they say, "red sun at night sailors delight".  Tomorrow will be a delight for
surfers, sailors, kite surfers and perfect for me to work with my roses.


Pondside said...

Incredible views. Lucky house guests. Envious reader!

* French Farmhouse 425 * said...

*~Breathtaking images..thanks for sharing such beauty~*

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

Absolutely beautiful! A lot of fantastic photos here! Thanks for sharing the beauty of your part of the world. I love sunset over the water ... stunning!

pretty pink tulips said...

OH MY! Now, that's my kind of day! Gorgeous views - both of the kite surfers and of that magnificent sunset. Ahhhhhhhh!

Love of the Sea said...

Love the photos. Kite surfing looks awesome. I did that drive last October - from Santa Barbara. I am envious - wish I was there....making that drive and enjoying those amazing views. Hope you had a wonderful weekend with your house guests.

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

What beautiful photos...that sunset is amazing :)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What breataking photos! I love the California coast as it's so open and scenic and that sunset was absolutely amazing! You were wise to stop driving and to just sit back and enjoy it.

Privet and Holly said...

I NEVER tire
of sun, surf
and sunsets,
my friend! Worth
the encore : )!
Enjoy your friend's
visit. SB is one
of my favorite
places in CA!
xx Suzanne

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures! Thanks so much for sharing this amazing gift from Mother Nature with us!
Have a great week!
~ Jo :)

Ann Nichols said...

I have just found your blog - from lovely "French Kissed" - so I didn't see your post in May. But even if I had...this is certainly worth seeing over and over again! Beautiful photos... Honestly, it's been many years since I've been to your area of the world but little has changed. It's as beautiful, beautiful, ever!!!
Please join me at my blog - It's about St. Nicholas and Christmas! I'd love to have you follow along!

French-Kissed said...

Hope you had a wonderful time in Santa Barbara...these are great photos of the trip home. I am in NYC right now and had to call my husband to make sure he is giving my Santa Barbara roses extra water during this heatwave.


Drawn to The Sea said...

Oh to have that kind of control over one's body... what an incredible rush it must be to skim the waves. What stays with me the most about this post is how beautifully you captured the vastness of the ocean, & described the motion of the setting sun.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Beautiful photos!! I LOVE the Santa Barbara and southern California beach areas!! LOVE THEM!!! All your pictures are gorgeous!! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your comment on my beach tablescape- stop by again sometime! :)

La Dolfina said...

Wow, that was an incredible post! I felt like I was right there with you!
The play by play and your words were perfect! You are a lovely hostess as you are a blogger... your guests are blessed to have you showing them the majesty of the California coastline.
I can't wait to meet you. I have some news about coming to Socal twice in October!
Much love,

food for thought said...

isn't this fantastic! talk about cooling off! i would love love love to try that surf sailing, i have windsurfed and can just feel that joy already of being pulled sky high like they are!

then reality hits, i am an old fat woman now!

fantastic pic!