Electric Sunset by Beth Sawickie

Sunset Stroll – February 6th, 2015

It was looking like it was not going to be a very colorful sunset.

Out my window I could see a low band of dark clouds along the horizon – usually a sign that whatever color would pop would be mostly blocked by ’em.

Besides – it was darn cold out (again) – mid-20’s.

So I went on my merry way doing whatever it was – oh yeah – cooking dinner.

Took a quick peak out the window and – WHOA!

Purple, pink, blue, orange!  Holy NUTS!

Dinner could wait! This sunset was a once in a lifetime opportunity! (you never see the same one twice).

I turned off the burner on the rice and luckily hadn’t started anything else yet.

I made it down the road to the bridge in time to watch the stunning sunset!

You can see a bit of it in this video here:

I was sitting on the frozen sand on the shoreline of the frozen lake.

I was in awe of the beautiful color show and didn’t realize just how COLD my rear end was getting!  LOL.

Here are my favorite photos from the sunset:

Electric Sunset by Beth Sawickie

Electric Sunset

This is by far my favorite photo of the evening. (above)

Prints, cards and gifts featuring “Electric Sunset” are available HERE.

Sunset February 6 #1 by Beth Sawickie

The colors were truly spectacular!  Not only were they reflecting off of the open water – but also the ice.

Sunset Reflected on Ice by Beth Sawickie

Sunset #3 by Beth Sawickie

Here’s the sunset from a part of the lake where the ice was frozen in ripples along the shoreline:

Frozen Sunset #2 by Beth Sawickie

The color lasted for a long time.

Actual sunset was around 5:15.  I started shooting at 5:23 and my last shot was at 5:44 (below).

Sunset #4 by Beth Sawickie

Most of the color had drained from the sky.  You can still see a bit of that hot pink peaking out from behind the trees towards the left.

I was totally frozen by this point and kinda happy that the show was coming to a close! lol.

Getting to see that marvelous one-of-a-kind live painting in the sky was definitely worth it though!

AND… an added bonus… I accidentally learned a new way to cook rice!  Even though I turned the burner off on the rice half-way through cooking, when I got home it was PERFECTLY cooked!

Later in the evenin,g I created this “Energy Flow Mandala” inspired by tonight’s sunset:

Energy Flow Mandala by Beth Sawickie

Prints, cards and gifts featuring this “Energy Flow Mandala” are available HERE.

Thank you for joining me on this “virtual” Sunset Stroll.

I hope you enjoyed the video and photos!

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Branch Ice Water by Beth Sawickie

Branch. Ice. Water.

Branch Ice Water by Beth Sawickie

Flowing water in a river freezes on a branch during winter.

This B&W photo is fifth in my Black and White Photo Challenge Series.

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Into the Blue

As I look at this image, a Tom Petty song pops into my head…. “Into the great wide open, under them skies of blue…”

When you look at this image does anything come to mind?

Prints of this image are available here.

This is the original photo I started with:



Beach Mandala – Island Beach State Park (#1)

This is my first photo mandala.  I was inspired to do this by seeing some beautiful mandalas created from photos from some talented artists on Etsy.

I created this mandala from a photo I took at Island Beach State Park in NJ on September 9, 2012 (pre-Sandy). As of this post, Island Beach State Park is currently closed due to storm damage.  To find out if it is open before you plan a visit, check out the official state park website here.

Island Beach is right next to Seaside Park (which is next to Seaside Heights).  You can learn more about the history of the area in the Seaside Park Images of America book.