The Setting Sun

When I saw this prompt on Mama Kat’s list this week, I knew it would be my choice:

3.) A blog post inspired by the words: setting sun

The setting sun is a big deal around our house. (Sometimes the sunrise is, too, but if we’re at home in the evening, we’re checking the sky to see what the sunset holds in store. And, even if we aren’t home and aren’t in a location to get a good picture, we still enjoy a pretty sunset.)

I don’t recall ever paying much attention to sunrises and sunsets until Motor Man came into my life.  But I’ve more than made up for that in the past sixteen years.

Most evenings, Bride and/or Groom Swan are here to enjoy the setting sun with me.

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I’ve found that clouds always add interest to a sunset.

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As does smooth-as-glass water.

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And a photogenic, willing model is always a plus.

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Once I began dabbling in this hobby of photography, I learned about the golden hour.  It can occur at sunrise or sunset, and the lighting is amazing.

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I may have shared this quote before. It was on a poster at the convalescent center when my mom was a patient there many years ago, and it’s one that I’ve always remembered. I’m sorry that I’m not able to determine the author.

The sun setting
is no less beautiful
 than the sun rising.

Mama’s Losin’ It

~These Days Of Mine~

34 responses to “The Setting Sun

  1. ahhh .. perfect with my morning coffee! Thank you sweet friend. That golden hour? You taught me, too 🙂

  2. Always love your sunrise/sunset pictures with or without your semi-resident swans.

  3. It feels and looks like a whole new world by the light of the setting sun (and also by the rising sun.) Your photos and post are a wonderful way to start the day. Bride and Groom Swans have an enchantment all their own. 🙂

  4. I enjoyed seeing these beautiful pictures. God sure does great work, doesn’t He? I seem to notice the sunrises more than sunsets, simply because I’m usually on my way to work as the sun comes up.

  5. That smooth-as-glass water just enhances the already gorgeous sunset.

  6. ….And we are more blessed because you open your lens and your heart to share with us. Thanks for starting my day well.

  7. These pictures are absolutely gorgeous. You’ve inspired me to stop and pay attention to the sunsets. Love this post, stopping by from Mama Kats. You can find me at

  8. Beautiful pictures! Love the swan on the water. I am really fascinated with the lighting at sunrise and sunset as well.

  9. Such a serene lovely series of photos Dianna! Instant peace looking at them!

  10. Well, you know how I love sunset photos, so of course I think these are beautiful. But as soon as I saw your photos this morning, I could ‘hear’ the bugle playing Taps and the lyrics came to mind. ♪ ♫ “Day is done, gone the sun, from the lakes, from the hills, from the sky. All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.” ♫ ♪ There’s something special about the sun setting or rising. Another day begun and ended.

  11. Olde Towne Photos

    Beautiful captures. After shooting sunsets for many years, I happened to catch a glimpse of the sky behind me in the East. Sometimes just as beautiful.

  12. Beautiful shots! I used to drive over the mountains around sunrise to go to work. Beautiful scenery. God paints such wonders everyday! Stopping by from Mama Kat’s. You can find me at

  13. Gorgeous photos as always. Love the setting sun on Bride Swan’s tail!

  14. a beautiful saying. and you have the prettiest of views.

  15. Now… this is definitely your prompt!
    The clouds, the water, the reflections … they all come together…
    And then the swans show up – aren’t you glad we use camera cards instead of film now ?!

  16. What a lovely place to enjoy sunsets! Stopping by from Mama Kat’s.

  17. What a gorgeous view to enjoy the sunset / sunrise!

  18. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Living in the city surrounded by trees and houses we do not get to see many sunrises or sunsets, that’s why I enjoys yours. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Oh Dianna, these photographs are stunning. You’ve put a smile on God’s face with these…what a gift you have!

  20. Love these photos! Thank you for sharing them. I love seeing the Master Artist at work.

  21. Wonderful photos Dianna, and I see what you mean by the golden hour. Here we oooh and ahh over the sunrises over the mountains. Our sunsets are more blocked by a heavy forest.

  22. Wonderful photos! You have such beautiful sunsets in Virginia.

  23. That was the perfect prompt for you this week.

  24. Considering our love of sunsets, it’s no wonder we chose the same prompt! I adore these photos!!!

  25. theriverdaughterkj

    beautiful pictures! Stopping by from mama kats kelley at the road goes ever ever on

  26. Glorious shots. Each one was just a beautiful as the next.

  27. So beautiful! I love the varieties, not one better than the other!

  28. Amazing photos! ❤️
    Perfect place for sketching too❤️❤️❤️❤️

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