A Travel Photo Treat: Sunset on the Pacific

California sunset Pacific

Sometimes everything just comes together perfectly in one moment. That’s how this sunset on the Pacific was. I was relaxing on the deck of the house we rented in Carmel, California, sitting in a hot tub with my sister-in-law, building common ground through unhurried conversation. No agenda. The sunset became more beautiful with every glance; the birds flew up and down and around, looking for a place to rest for the night. It all came together in one perfect moment, not unlike every other moment in life except that we usually don’t stop to appreciate them. That’s what I love about traveling–the chance to step away from the usual rush of life and appreciate what is.

What perfect moments do you remember? What struck you about them?

(This post is part of this week’s photo series at Budget Travelers Sandbox and Delicious Baby.)

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20 Responses to A Travel Photo Treat: Sunset on the Pacific

  1. Muza-chan 03/15/2012 at 12:33 am #

    Beautiful photo (^_^)
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  2. Laurel 03/15/2012 at 1:14 am #

    Beautiful! Sunsets are the perfect setting for reflection.
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  3. InsideJourneys 03/15/2012 at 9:56 am #

    Spectacular sunset!
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  4. Leigh 03/15/2012 at 10:32 am #

    I think watching the sunset is one of the best ways to reflect on life. I love the photo and the border you put around it to frame it.
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  5. Jessica 03/15/2012 at 11:02 am #

    It looks heavenly! The birds make the picture!
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  6. Nancie 03/15/2012 at 1:58 pm #

    Always love a beautiful sunset!
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  7. Andi at The Particular Traveler 03/15/2012 at 2:18 pm #

    You really can’t go wrong with a house in Carmel, a hot tub, and a beautiful sunset. Lovely!
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    • Jenna 03/17/2012 at 11:21 pm #

      True, it was a pretty great setting. I Iove that area

  8. Raymond @ Man On The Lam 03/15/2012 at 3:31 pm #

    Love this perfect sunset! Reminds me of a perfect one I experienced on Ko Libong in Thailand a couple of months ago…
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  9. Dick Jordan 03/15/2012 at 5:26 pm #

    Nice shot. The odds of seeing the sunset in Carmel this week are slim and none as we are having “Seattle weather” in Northern California.
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    • Jenna 03/17/2012 at 11:25 pm #

      We had clear, sunny weather the whole time we were there! But it was in late December. A great time.

  10. Erik 03/15/2012 at 7:32 pm #

    Love photographing sunsets!. This one is particularly beautiful.
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  11. Mary @ The World Is A Book 03/16/2012 at 12:04 am #

    You captured such a beautiful picture with the perfect colors. It really does make you appreciate special moments in life. Thanks for sharing. My perfect moments would be watching my kids enjoying their experiences while traveling whether it’s eating a new food or seeing that famous landmark for the first time. It’s the priceless expressions that stay with me.
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    • Jenna 03/17/2012 at 11:21 pm #

      Watching kids’s reactions is always priceless. Thanks for sharing that great moment :)

  12. Sophie 03/16/2012 at 4:04 am #

    Beautiful, Jenna. Love the vintage feel of it, too.
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  13. Sonja 03/16/2012 at 1:45 pm #

    So nice that you stopped to appreciate the moment.
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  14. cheryl 03/17/2012 at 9:43 am #

    Sooo beautiful! What a nice way to spend an evening. :)
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  15. Anwar 03/17/2012 at 3:53 pm #

    The Colors are just beautiful. I love photos around sunset, you cant always predict how the sunset will be, but when you get a good one they are just magical.
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  16. Cathy Sweeney 03/18/2012 at 12:13 pm #

    Perfect moment indeed — and captured so beautifully in your photo.
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  17. Geoff Clarke 04/02/2012 at 4:48 pm #

    Hi Jenna
    That’s a fantastic photo – love the bird silhouettes! I was able to get some beautiful sunset pictures on a recent trip to Bali. The one I remember best involved having to race to the coast in a taxi cab to get there before the sun set, then having to run with the driver to get to the perfect spot overlooking the temple at Tanah Lot. Made it with about three minutes to spare!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Geoff
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