Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Chasing the Sunset

As I left work I saw it-behind the staffroom lighting up the clouds and sending out those rays like angels in paintings.
So I drove the wrong way, up the hill, then saw it down this street and had to go on a circuit around a fallen tree on the common to take this picture.

Then I turned off of the main road home, down past the reclaimed tyre place to little streets near the river. I kept getting glimpses like this one. My initials are in this picture.

This road was full of big potholes and without realising I landed in one to take this picture.

The Thames barrier faced the sun. I love this structure-so beautiful for such a utilitarian thing.

Worth the chase.

''I envy people who can just look at a sunset.
I wonder how you can shoot it.
There is nothing more grotesque to me than a vacation.''
Dustin Hoffman
I was looking for a romantic quote to go with the sunset but found this instead which seemed more fitting considering I chased it in a car to get a shot!


Leenie said...

It WAS worth the chase! A most pastel and peaceful ending to a day. I love how every sunset is different, even when one looks on it from the same window through the year.

Hope you have a great evening, SW. Your card arrived and made me laugh. No good for a glued together tummy but good for the soul.

jabblog said...

Definitely worth the chase! I love the colours and the painterly quality of your river photos. Turner would have been inspired!

Tracy said...

Oh, it's always worth it--trying for that sunrise or sunset! So many I have chase too...LOL! These photos are terrific, Sarah. Must say I LOVE the Thames Barrier--it is an underrated beauty spot, I think. Thanks for your encouragement of my painting yesterday... From a real artist like yourself, I smile at the thumbs up. ;o) Happy Days ((HUGS))

Christine LeFever said...

Ah SW to see one's initials via a pothole! Wonderful photos. I am enjoying my tour of some of England through you. It's the only country I've ever longed to visit.


Anonymous said...

Definitely worth the chase - super photos.

Linda Sue said...

The barriers are magnificent really.
Loving the shots of the city buildings looking like stacked lego with a sun that doesn't seem to care one way or the other how you chase it and shoot it.

Lynne said...

Very elusive, but you made it in the end. And worth the chase.

Noelle Renee said...

I love this journey you took, Sarah. It was something deep inside you, longing for beauty, longing to photograph splendor and luminosity, at the last light of day. It took you to places you normally don't go and there, waiting for you were the letters of your own name. I wonder what the message is? Lovely! Thank you for sharing this backside tour of the city with us.

KindredSpirit said...

weird seeing picture of Foxfield! Lovely sunset.

Allegra Smith said...

So beautiful! And I am with you about the barrier, it looks as if a million good things are behind holding the wind, the water and all sorts of things that may disturb the peace with a soothing appearance.

Is Spring coming yet? Here some of the trees are greening and some are desperately stubborn as staying tightly closed to the experience.

Sam said...

That top one is a real Michaelangelo sunburst - I love it! Thank you for the chase - it was well worth it! Love the photos of the flood gates too! You make me want to hop on a plane to London!

cloudbusting2 said...

That utilitarian barrier is your Sydney Opera House, sort of.

Anonymous said...

Great photos!