Sunsets from around the world, part 2

I love sunsets – who doesn’t? Sometimes I wonder whether my eyes are going to be blind someday because of my habit of watching sunsets. When I realize that, I try not looking at the sun directly to minimize the danger, however I can’t move my eyes entirely away, sunsets are too captivating. Here are 5 of our favorite sunset moments. I hope you enjoy them!

For more stunning sunset pictures around the world, check it out here.

Sunset from the sky, above the clouds

Sunset from the sky above the clouds, during Bali Java flight, Indonesia

Sunsets and sunrise from the airplane could be really gorgeous. Maybe most of the passengers at that point choose to close their window because of the strong rays of the sun. But I wouldn’t waste such a view. Except if I happen to be asleep, which is usually the case.

Here’s a representative of sunset from the sky, above the clouds, taken during our short flight from Denpasar, Bali to Surabaya, Java, where I came from originally. The feast of colors was incredible.

Sunset over the Sydney Opera House, Australia

Sunset over Sydney Opera House, Australia

Sydney Royal Botanical Garden, right in downtown Sydney, is my favorite place in the city. It’s probably the most metropolitan place to see thousands of wild bats (named flying foxes) sleeping during the day and hundreds of wild yellow crested cockatoos flying around and screeching very loudly. While waiting for the bats to wake up and start flying to the sky, I love to watch the sun set behind the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, two important icons of Sydney and Australia.

Sunset near Wellington, New Zealand

Sunset overlooking the South Island, from the North Island (New Zealand)

Not far from the New Zealand’s capital, Wellington, in the North Island, we could drive to this gorgeous cliff facing southwest. When the sky is clear, we could see the South Island in the horizon. Have a hike and picnic there, pray for a clear sky, and you will enjoy a gorgeous view like this during the sunset. Thanks to our dear friends who showed us this special place.

Silver sunset in Tanah Lot, Bali, Indonesia

Silver sunset in Tanah Lot, Bali, Indonesia

Chasing a beautiful sunset is not always easy. Or rather, is not usually easy. For the most dramatic view, you need to be able to see the horizon, and you want no or little cloud. When we were in Tanah Lot, Bali, famous for its ancient temple perched on a rock on the sea shore, the clouds were hanging limply from the sky. Not thick ones, just a few thin ones, but around the horizon. We prayed for them to be gone by the sunset, but they stayed. What surprised me was, the sunset still looked gorgeous with these clouds! The thin clouds still let through most of the rays, but scattered everywhere. It gives illusion you are in a world of silver and silhouette.

Sunset of Santorini, Greece

Sunset at Santorini, Greece

Santorini is world famous for its cascading towns, white washed houses, blue domed churches, fantastic beaches, and stunning sunsets. The picture above illustrates how gorgeous the sunset here. The strong sun, the golden-orange illuminated clouds, the smaller island’s silhouette, this was one of the most enchanting sunsets we’ve ever seen.

Do tell us your favorite sunset moment!

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39 Responses to “Sunsets from around the world, part 2”

  1. Dalene
    11 January 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    La Paloma, Uruguay, last February. The few people on the beach with us (all Argentinians) actually applauded when it finally went down. Amazing!

    • Dina
      11 January 2011 at 6:16 pm #

      Wow, I never have people around me applaud for sunset before, so it must have been amazing indeed, the one you saw!

  2. Christy @ Ordinary Traveler
    11 January 2011 at 6:17 pm #

    What a great post. Sunsets are so gorgeous! I especially like the sunset over the Sydney Opera House.
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    • Dina
      12 January 2011 at 7:57 pm #

      Thanks, Christy :) I like the silhouette of Sydney Opera House.

  3. Caz Makepeace
    11 January 2011 at 7:52 pm #

    Beautiful pictures. I am in the process of doing a similar post to this myself. I love sunsets. I was really amazed to see people in America clapping when the sun finally set. What a great idea! Huge applause for these magical sunsets

    • Dina
      13 January 2011 at 6:13 pm #

      Thanks, Caz! Looking forward to checking out your sunset photo collection! I haven’t experienced people around me clapping for sunset, but it we have for a sunrise. It was in Mount Fuji, and we did banzai (lead by the hut keeper) after the sun had risen fully. It was great!

  4. Adam @ SitDownDisco
    11 January 2011 at 11:58 pm #

    Nice one, Dina. I do love a great sunset myself. My faves have all been in Bali… With one exception. The sunsets I saw in Southern Cambodia were eerie and stunning.
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    • Dina
      13 January 2011 at 1:01 pm #

      I want to see an eerie sunset! Do you happen to have a pic?
      Bali is a great place indeed to see gorgeous sunsets.

  5. Cheryl Howard
    12 January 2011 at 11:11 am #

    So pretty! I think the one in Santorini is my favorite … the combination of clouds and mountains. <3
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    • Dina
      13 January 2011 at 1:05 pm #

      Yes, at first I was worried there will be no sunset since there were some clouds in the horizon. Turned out the cloud gave extra magic to it.

  6. Kirsty
    13 January 2011 at 5:52 am #

    These all look beautiful, I think my favourite has to be the one taken from the plane…. It’s got a bit of a magical fell about it :-)

    • Dina
      13 January 2011 at 1:11 pm #

      It did feel magical that time :) The color feels different up there, now that we are higher than the clouds. Since the first time I saw sunset from airplane, I fell in love with it. It’s one of the reason I always choose the window seat. But it’s only works if we fly around sunset time, and the window seat is not in the wrong side, and of course I have to be happen to still awake for it!

  7. Ashley
    14 January 2011 at 6:25 pm #

    Great pictures, Dina :-) I don’t take pictures of sunsets enough…we have a couple good ones from Costa Rica, but I’m making a funny face because I didn’t want to be in the picture!
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    • Dina
      18 January 2011 at 1:00 am #

      That’s funny! So it means there are 2 interesting objects in the picture: the setting sun are your funny face!

  8. Deb
    15 January 2011 at 1:53 am #

    I love the santorini shot. Okay, I love them all, but that ones my favourite. I love the cloud formations in the sky. It is amazing how we never tire of beautiful sunsets. They are magical.
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    • Dina
      18 January 2011 at 1:02 am #

      Thanks, Deb! Yeah, the golden cloud formation was just so magical. Just hope we don’t get blind be it!

  9. Steph
    15 January 2011 at 2:07 am #

    These are great pictures! At home I have a good view of the sunrise and sunset and I always enjoy watching it though I have to wake up very early so I can watch it at a time that it doesn’t hurt my eyes. I always look forward to read more of your post.

    • Dina
      18 January 2011 at 1:04 am #

      Hey Steph, thanks for the compliment! Wow, I admire people that can wake up early enough for the sunrise. Travel got my sleeping schedule very late – it’s easier to stay awake all night to morning to catch a sunrise, than to wake up in the morning early enough.

  10. Suzy
    15 January 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    Great sunsets here. I love the Santorini sunset. It is definitely a place I dream of visiting. Some of the best sunsets I have seen however take place at home in Colorado. The sky is bigger in Colorado it seems and the colors are usually fascinating each night. I did see a captivating sunset in Sorrento, Italy, my first time traveling alone at 18. It is certainly one I won’t forget.
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    • Dina
      18 January 2011 at 1:08 am #

      Suzy, thanks a lot! I feel honoured to be chosen in your stumbling segment! Yes, Santorini is my “current” favourite too (current, since I change me mind a lot). It’s so great that you have your best sunsets in your home town, you don’t have to go very far. But then, Colorado sounds like an amazing place to visit.
      Sunset when traveling alone the first time at 18, that sounds really sweet and romantic (we can be alone and feel romantic, right..)

  11. Clark
    15 January 2011 at 6:52 pm #

    We saw one hell of a sunset in the Alps this summer. We were staying in this small town in Austria, and we captured this photo in the dewy grass. http://www.flickr.com/photos/touncertaintyandbeyond/4863481047/

    • Dina
      18 January 2011 at 1:11 am #

      Just came back form seeing the photo in the flickr link, omg, it’s super stunning! Thanks for sharing it! The combination between the sky and the earth is just superb!

  12. Sabina
    15 January 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    Your love of sunsets shows in your photographs. They’re gorgeous! The last sunset I watched was in Sharjah, UAE, out over the Persian Gulf with gas wells on the shore in the foreground. The wells kind of made it not so beautiful, but it was unique and I got several photos – not as good as yours, though.

    • Dina
      18 January 2011 at 1:13 am #

      Thanks, Sabina! I can imagine sunset with gas wells as unique and beautiful in the same time… I guess I can’t imagine non-beautiful sunset! Do you post the photos somewhere?

      • Sabina
        19 January 2011 at 4:23 am #

        No, I didn’t, actually. Maybe I will in the not-too-distant future, though. I’ll let you know if I do. :)

        • Dina
          20 January 2011 at 6:34 pm #

          Haha, let me know :)

  13. Natalie
    16 January 2011 at 12:46 am #

    You got my attention as soon as I saw the word sunset. The Greece sunset is definitely my favorite.
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    • Dina
      18 January 2011 at 1:14 am #

      Haha, I usually get drawn to people’s post when they mention the word “sunset” as well! Yes, Santorini one is also my current favourite.

  14. Erica
    16 January 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    I’m with Kirsty – the one from the plane has a painting look to it. The colors are so amazing.
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    • Dina
      18 January 2011 at 1:17 am #

      The color is truly amazing from above the cloud! Very rich and thick. Do you love to spot sunset from airplane as well?

  15. Zablon Mukuba
    18 January 2011 at 1:40 am #

    the sunset above the clouds is one of my favorites

    • Dina
      20 January 2011 at 6:33 pm #

      The color is so rich, isn’t it :)

  16. Brianna
    18 January 2011 at 11:43 am #

    I love sunsets, it’s one of those things that every people in this world should witness. There’s something about it that’s really awesome!! I love these pictures too. They’re so great! I wonder if it can be turned into a desktop wallpaper?

    • Dina
      20 January 2011 at 6:33 pm #

      Brianna, thanks for your compliment! If you click on the picture, if will direct you to the full size photos.

  17. Maria Pavel
    27 January 2011 at 6:59 pm #

    Wow, you left me astonished again. The beautiness of the nature, the purity, the colors, it’s just magic. The photographer is such a genius… I just love all these sunset pictures but I think the Sunset in Santorini, Greece, is my avorite from all of these. When I said ‘I’m looking forward to seeing part 2′ I wasn’t thinking I would fall in love with some pictures. Can’t wait seeing part 3, please make part 3 as soon as possible… Congratulations on your great ideas and high quality content, I love it!

    Best regards,

    Maria
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    • Dina
      28 January 2011 at 11:02 pm #

      Maria, thanks for the sweet compliment :) The photographer, myself, is not a genius, the sunset is! The one from Santorini was really amazing with the cloud arrangement around it, that was such a precious time. I’m currently have a half material for the 3rd one, hope I will find a gorgeous sunset to take photo soon in the Caribbean! I actually have a lot of sunset photos, but they are mostly from the same countries. To be consistent with the title “around the world”, I’m need to get some new ones! Thank you :)

  18. Samantha Dermot
    10 February 2011 at 11:28 am #

    While sunrise is energizing, sunset is very much relaxing…to the point of sleeping. When I’m off to beach, I always make it a point to be in a seashore, lying down, and watching the sun go down. It would be a bliss to find a decent place on top of a building watching the sunset.
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  19. harris
    5 April 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    cool,lovely pics.

  20. New Zealand rental car
    6 April 2011 at 10:49 am #

    Great photo collection. You’ve got a nice view of various sunsets from different places. Glad you have one from New Zealand. Keep on adding new ones!

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