Travel theme: Sunset

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been traversing the USA and have been treated to some sensational sunsets. Some of them I just watched in awed silence, but others I managed to capture on camera. Here are a few of my favourite sundown moments.

My first glimpse of the Mississippi River was from a train window. As luck would have it, we crossed the river right at sunset, when it was bathed in the loveliest lavender and rosy pink light.

sunset travel over the mississippi river

I’d been watching a herd of buffaloes in Theodore Roosevelt National Park for a while, but when I noticed these two against the backdrop of sun-kissed clouds, I couldn’t resist intruding upon their quiet moment.

sunset travel buffalo theodore roosevelt national park

I took this next photo in Yellowstone Park. Just as the sun was setting, heavy mists rolled in, and the glow of the sun through the fog looked eerily like the flames of a forest fire.

sunset travel yellowstone park

One of the most dramatic sunsets I’ve seen was in the Badlands, which is quite fitting, as the Badlands themselves are pure drama. The streaks of dark clouds were lit up from underneath with a fiery red that put me in mind of a lava flow.

sunset travel badlands

Now I know there have been previous photo challenges on sunsets, but I also believe it is a universal truth that we cannot resist reaching for our cameras as the sun puts on its goodnight performance. You’ve probably got a myriad of dazzling sunset shots just waiting to be put online, so if you would like to join in this week’s travel theme, create your own post titled Travel theme: Sunset and don’t forget to put a link to this page in your post to make it easy for others to find it. Don’t forget to check back in next Friday for a new travel theme.

xxx Ailsa


About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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282 Responses to Travel theme: Sunset

  1. Pat Bailey says:

    Here is a link to a post I made last week of a sunset over Northumberland Straight in Nova Scotia Canada.

  2. fotograffer says:

    Many places boast of their sunsets but I’m betting those in my corner of the world are as good as they get. At least, I think so!

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  4. Haikugirl says:

    I just found this blog via ‘Autumn in Bruges’, and love the idea of weekly themes! Here’s my contribution: 😀

    • ailsapm says:

      Hurray, so glad you found and joined in the travel themes. Ali, I love Autumn in Bruges blog too. Lovely sunsets, especially the one over Brighton pier. xxx Ailsa

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  6. s1ngal says:

    my drop in the ocean… you’re absolutely right about not being able to resist clicking the sunset or the sunrise. so here’s mine:

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  8. gingerbreadcafe says:

    I love the Buffalo, quietly standing on the hillside, sunsets are great for a photo opportunity.
    here’e mine

    • ailsapm says:

      The buffalo made my day, Trudi, they posed so willingly for the shot. 😉 Loved your post, and I think that snow makes sunsets even more glorious! xxx Ailsa

  9. teedeevee says:

    I just recently came back from a holiday in the States. Here is a photo I took in NYC.

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  12. fgassette says:

    Love your sunset photos. Here are mine:


  13. such gorgeous pictures Alisa! Sunsets are magical. will surely write something for this one! thanka

    • ailsapm says:

      Hurrah, looking forward to your post. I agree, sunsets are magical. There’s only one other time of day that competes, and that is dawn! xxx Ailsa

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  15. Lovely sunsets! I’m lucky enough to live in Turkey just minutes walk from the sea so you’ll often find me sat waiting for the sun’s nightly display camera in hand. Here’s one of mine

  16. Max510 says:

    Here some shot of sunset in Mauritius, last year

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  18. DagEnDauw says:

    You wrote it so beautifully : “… it is a universal truth that we cannot resist reaching for our cameras as the sun puts on its goodnight performance.”
    It reminded me of a quote from the Persian poet Ḥāfeẓ which explains why we all have this opportunity :

    “Even after all this time
    the sun never says “you owe me”.
    Look what happens with a love like that;
    it lights the entire sky.”

    I still have to search my files though, to find a sunset that can compete with the great pictures you’ve published here but I’ll do my best Ailsa.

    Regards from Dauw

  19. Madhu says:

    Brilliant photos Ailsa! Didn’t have time to do a full post, here is a mini post 🙂

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  21. Dauw says:

    Hèhè Ailsa, I think I’ve finally found a worthy contribution for your challenge of this week.
    I took it at sunset, the day of my birthday nearly a month ago.
    Ow, and please don’t forget to click on the picture to listen to the gorgeous song I’ve hidden behind it =)

    Hug from Dauw

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  23. Your sunsets are so beautiful! I’m afraid the best I can find is a picture of twilight –

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  25. Lovely pictures!! I do a lot of nature photography (and writing!) I’d love for you to check out my blog–I do a weekly Pictorial blog that highlights a different bioregion of my beloved home state of California; this week was Part 2 of the Mono Lake Basin, one of my favorite places in the world!

    Wonderful blog you have here. *Following now*

    –Love and Liberation–

    Jan @ TheRewildWest

    • ailsapm says:

      Hi Jan, so glad you found my site. I had a look at your Mono Lake photos, what spectacular landscape! I may be passing by that area in the not too distant future so will try to see it for myself! xxx Ailsa

      • Definitely try to go there, the birds are putting on quite a show right now! And the water’s sooooo nice, the temperature is cool and you can just lie there floating in it. Try to hit up Convict Lake (right off the 395, maybe 10-15 minutes south of Mono) too, that’s a breathtaking spot!

  26. Macy says:

    Love the challenge 😀 I didn’t want to torture myself trying to decide which photos to post so I just went with the latest ones 😛

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  28. 4otomo says:

    Hi! Ailsa
    Here’s a link to one of my previous “sunset” posts…………..

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  30. Amy says:

    Hi Ailsa,
    Beautiful sunset shots!! Here is mine
    I apologize for being late…

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  32. 4otomo says:

    Hi Ailsa
    Wonderful topic, so I was inspired to do another….

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  36. Hello, Ailsa! It’s been a long time since I last participated! We moved houses, a couple of times… moved countries… changed residences, languages, and now, we’re finally set in La Paz, Bolivia… Here’s my contribution for you “Sunset” travel theme… directly from the mountains that surround the ‘breathless city’ of Nuestra Señora de La Paz! Take care, and thanks for the continuous inspiration! 😮

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  39. Finally got mine done, in the nick of time! 😀

    –Love and Liberation–

    Jan @ TheRewildWest

    • ailsapm says:

      Nice one, Jan. Love the Point Reyes Penninsula shot. Umm, couldn’t help noticing your caption about Death Valley – you slept in the back of your truck outside a national park – in Death Valley? I’m going to be driving across Death Valley tomorrow on my continuing road trip. Can’t wait! xxx

      • Nice! You’re so lucky, it is truly one of the most breathtaking places I’ve ever been. If you happen to see this, MAKE SURE you go to the Death Valley sand dunes and Aguereberry (sp?) Point! I slept in just outside the boundaries of DV, on the side of the highway, because it’s National Forest Land (Inyo NF, I believe), and you can car camp anywhere off the road on NF Land!!

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  41. tobyo says:

    First time post and I’m late! but I was on vacation so I hope I’m excused. Here’s my entry:


    • ailsapm says:

      Hi tobyo, so glad you joined in the travel theme – you’re totally excused – I’m only catching up on responses myself as I’ve been travelling without regular access to the internet. Lovely fun shots, that green one is my absolute favourite! xxx Ailsa

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  44. LubbyGirl says:

    yuppers…another great idea I missed. *sigh* gotta get with it and keep up. I have a bunch of sunset shots that would have been great for this, too. My fave here is the Yellowstone shot that looks like a fire. I love Yellowstone!

    • ailsapm says:

      Yellowstone is amazing, isn’t it? You know, Lubby, if you want to do a late sunset post for this travel theme, I would love to have a look at them! You can never have too many sunset photos 😉

      • LubbyGirl says:

        Really? Do you know how many sunsets I have??? Let me count them . . . yep, a gazillion and ten. 🙂 I am pretty sure I can find one or two that would work for this, and if I get a chance today, I’ll be posting them. Thanks so much!! 🙂

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    • ailsapm says:

      OH what a fabulous shot, the barely there rose of the sky, the ragged outline of the mountains and that heavenly glow in the centre. Stunning shot, I love it! xxx Ailsa

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  47. Barbara says:

    Oh dear! For some reason I thought this weeks travel theme was Sunsets?? What planet am I on this week??

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