Sunset on New Year's Day 2010 Over the Batiquitos Lagoon in Carlsbad California

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Sun Setting Over the Batiquitos Lagoon on New Year's Day 2010 in Carlsbad California

I have a passion for sunsets, especially over the ocean. So living on the west coast gives me ample opportunity to enjoy the many gorgeous sunsets during the year. The most spectacular seem to be in the winter, which was also true when we had our home on Cape Cod Bay in Massachusetts. There, we could see the sun set over the bay to the west, but also enjoy the sunrise, if we were up early enough. 

Watching the sun set over the ocean is a popular activity here - there are many vantage points for folks to enjoy the majesty of the golden sun dipping below the horizon and the many colors that are part of that process. It's fascinating to watch as the colors change second by second. And when there are clouds the sky tends to glow more vibrantly than when the sky is clear. And of course many dream of seeing the green flash just as the sun drops below the horizon. 

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Sunset on New Year's Day 2010 in Carlsbad California

There is something almost magical about watching the sun set. You can actually set it moving as it gets close to disappearing, and the changes in the light are always different. 

We noticed this particular sunset from our house as we could see the glow on the hillside to the east and the changes in the sky. We were NOT prepared for the vibrant sky we saw when looking out the front door, and hopped in the car to drive to the end of our street to see the real deal over the Batiquitos Lagoon. I took a whole series of photos, but these, in my opinion, were the best.


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Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Jeff, I love watching sunsets over the water also but don't get much of a chance.  Thanks for sharing yours!

Jan 02, 2010 03:07 PM #1
Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

I LOVE that first shot! I too love sunsets. I'm sure yours are spectacular since you're on the west coast. I'm not a morning person... don't know if I've EVER seen a sunrise over our ocean... >.<  LOL But I still find plenty of awesome sunset pics =D

Jan 02, 2010 03:23 PM #2
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Marchel - well I sort of catch them on the sly. I seem to miss most of them. Thank you!

Thanks, Lisa - I know what you mean about morning. 6 Am is about the earliest for me.


Jan 02, 2010 03:32 PM #3
Chris Minion
O'Brien Realty - Lexington Park, MD

Hello Jeff,

Wow!  Beautiful sunset shots that you captured!  Thank you for sharing them with us.  Best wishes for a Happy New Year!



Jan 02, 2010 03:51 PM #5
Joseph D. Federico
Donahue Real Estate Co. - Dedham, MA
Eastern Massachusetts Real Estate

Jeff-Incredible sunset pictures, Thanks for sharing. It has been snowing here in Westwood, Mass. the entire weekend, so your pictures brought a little bit of warmth, Thanks!

Jan 02, 2010 11:30 PM #6
Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate Broker

Great shots, Jeff!  You know that I'm in love with your area, so keep the pics coming :)

Jan 03, 2010 12:13 AM #7
Bryant Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC - Winter Garden, FL
Selling Florida one home at a time

I too love sunsets Jeff. Those are beautiful pictures. Very peaceful.

Jan 03, 2010 12:13 AM #8
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

Hi Jeff - I love sunsets, too! These are beautiful shots - nothing like that vibrant splash of color, is there?


Jan 03, 2010 01:38 AM #9
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Jeff..Beautiful it is almost to cold to even go outside ..the winds are blowing and with the wind chill it is about 9 degrees because the winds are blowing at about 45 miles an I am really enjoying your photo..Thanks


Jan 03, 2010 04:44 AM #10
Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ
Weichert - Lopatcong, NJ

I'm officially jealous, Jeff - both of the inviting weather and your breathtaking sunset photos.

Jan 03, 2010 06:13 AM #11
Diane Williams
Pell City, AL

Jeff your pictures are just beautiful. Thanks for sharing them.

Jan 03, 2010 06:53 AM #12
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks for all the great comments. I was stunned when I saw this sunset, and so pleased that I was actually able to catpure it with my Kodak. And for those of you who commented on the weather...well, it was in the high 70s near the ocean and in the mid 80s inland a few miles where I was showing property. Can't beat that for January 3!


Jan 03, 2010 10:27 AM #13
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Jeff, on vacation, our big decision every night is where to go to watch the sunset!  I've gotten some amazing shots!  I'll have to post them.

Jan 03, 2010 10:49 AM #14
C. Lloyd McKenzie
Albuquerque, NM
Living Albuquerque

Jeff,Those are some wonderful shots.  They remind me of back home in Montego Bay, Jamaica.  Thanks for sharing. 

Jan 03, 2010 10:56 AM #15
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Jeff, WOW!  Those are gorgeous sunsets!  I too love to see sunsets, and photos of sunsets!  Thanks for sharing them with us!

Jan 03, 2010 11:21 AM #16
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Jeff, the sunsets are absolutely beautiful., I got a new camera for Christmas and will need to get outside and take some photos.

Jan 03, 2010 11:32 AM #17
Connie Smith
The Smith Group, Keller Williams Realty Success - Littleton, CO


As a former California resident I love this sunset picture.  It is wonderful to be transported back to the ocean through your great picture.  Thanks.  Happy New Year.

Jan 04, 2010 06:08 AM #18
Heather Fitzgerald
REALTY WORLD-Harbert Company, Inc. - Greenwood, IN
REALTOR Greenwood Indiana Real Estate

Jeff,  I love sunsets as well, and both of these are great, such a contrast between the two and yet both are awesome.

Jan 05, 2010 06:14 AM #19
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