Darwen is not known for its sunsets. Now the evenings are drawing in, I get excited to watch grey or lavender clouds pass over a paler blue-grey, pink-grey or silver-grey sky. The effect can be dramatic, often in a glowering, it’s surely going to chuck it down before you get home kind of way.
And on a clear day, it is possible to see the Irish Sea thirty miles or so away, but not from the town. We have to be at the top of the Jubilee Tower, or to have made our way up the cobbles of Donkey Brew and out on to a track through farmland towards Roddlesworth. From the crest of that hill we can glimpse the sun silvering the sea away in the distance.
So you can imagine that the chance to share a Sarasota sunset in January last year was a real treat. I won’t say ‘more uplifting’, but only because my heart is attuned to the subtleties of a northern landscape. It was certainly more photogenic, more romantic.
We were only in Sarasota briefly, but my sweetheart had probably wrangled it so we could catch the bay at sunset. Imagine us, if you will, as these plastic flamingos, enjoying the sun go down together.
Elsewhere on the promenade at Bayfront Park, couples sat or strode together looking tiny under the trees
I’m sharing these pictures, rather out of the blue, for HeyJude’s 2020 Photo Challenge: seascape with sunset.