Monday, July 27, 2009

The Inbetween Time

Sky Painting
July 27, 2009
Bonita Beach, Florida

“When it looked like the sun wasn't going to shine any more, there was a rainbow in the clouds,”
--Maya Angelou

Tonight, just minutes before sunset, a quick glance up at the sky as I walked to the dock showed some pretty cool, feathery clouds overhead, stretching in tails to the west. I gave in to the impulse, reversed course back to the office door, grabbed the camera, jumped into the car and drove the three minutes to the beach.

Summer is always a quiet, lazy time on the beach at sunset. Locals and a few international tourists typically dot the beaches, a far cry from the crowded hustle during tourist/snowbird season. Tonight, I overhead one man say he was from Serbia. Such far flung visitors. Tonight was even more lazy, another sure sign of this troubled economy. Streets are relatively deserted these days; businesses fail weekly. My street looks like one big blue light special in the foreclosure aisle. These are tough days on the sandbar.

But tonight, that was all but forgotten as the sun dissolved into the Gulf. What hinted at being a wild, unruly sunset ended up being a gentle fusion of day and night. Soft light woven with a vivid thread or two. My intentions for landscape sunset shots became unexpected abstracts.

The inbetween time bled to night. Wealthy in the only meaningful manner, I walked up the sand path and headed home.

Nikon D2x, Nikkor 18-200 VR, Flip flops.

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