My toes tingled as I dipped it into the chilly water. I hesitated for a bit but my excitement persisted. The sea was relatively calm that day compared to the previous days. I heard a splash a few meters away from where I stood and I saw my friend Jay already in the water. I waded forward slowly, resisting the urge to run back to the warm embrace of the white sand covering the shore. Behind me, my friend Rocky suggested I dive in the water just before he did so.
The sun was a few minutes shy from kissing the horizon. I took a deep breath and plunged into the cold water. I swam and swam thinking I needed to produce energy to keep myself warm. After a couple of minutes, I was tired and breathless but I felt warm. I closed my eyes, laid on my back, spread my arms wide and floated. As soon as my heartbeat calmed down, I opened my eyes and saw the dark blue sky above. A faint orange glow decorated my peripheral vision and I knew that the sun has finally set. A star slowly came into view above the horizon where the sun had set. I swam towards the shore until I could stand upright and only my head was out of the water. I stood there silently, hypnotized by the sight before me. The sea gleamed of iridescence, an evidence left behind by fisher folks that have gone out to sea. Before the night claimed the sky, I got out of the water, took a few pictures of the last traces of the New Year’s Day sun and headed home.
As I was browsing through the photos in my laptop, I noticed that I’ve taken quite a lot of photos of sunsets in the past two years. Yes, I love watching the sun go down especially if I’m at the beach. I love how vibrant the sky and sea becomes at that moment when the sun kisses the sea.
Check out some of my favorite sunset photos and the reasons why sunset is my favorite time of the day:
Sunsets take my breath away. (Anilao, Batangas)
Sunsets are dramatically beautiful. (Anawangin Cove, Zambales)
Sunsets bring serenity and peace. (Boracay)
Sunsets always remind me of the greatness and awesomeness of God. (Bolinao, Pangasinan)
After a day’s busy work, sunsets can help calm you down. (Sentosa, Singapore)
Sunsets can soothe and relax a troubled heart. (Saud Beach, Pagudpud)
Special thanks to my friend Jennifer for being a willing subject.
Finally, sunsets remind me that endings always usher new beginnings. The sun may go down on us tonight, but rest assured that it will rise again tomorrow. So, cheers to sunsets!