Before And After Sunset

This morning I posted then set about starting the vast shredding of paperwork going back almost two decades that clearance of the vestibule cupboard that is to be replaced has prompted. I may be some time.

We lunched and caught up with each other at Tyrell’s Ford with Helen, Shelly, Bill, and Ron. My choice was steak, chips, onion rings, mushrooms, tomatoes, and peas. I had no room for dessert. I drank Flack’s Double Drop bitter. Jackie’s main course was turkey escalope, salad, and chips, followed by syrup madeira cake and ice cream; accompanied by Diet Coke. I won’t speak for the others, save to say that all the meals were enjoyed.

Jackie and I had to leave the sisters and their spouses to their coffees while we dashed back to Milford on Sea for our flu vaccinations.

Afterwards we drove to Keyhaven where I walked along the sea wall and we both took photographs as sunset approached.

I produced the first two images of a couple of sailboarders; the other two were Jackie’s.

I photographed a swan trying to discern its reflection in rippling water; Jackie focussed on me at the far end of the wall with the bird fishing in the foreground.

A couple walked on ahead of me while I concentrated on grasses in the landscape, a louring skyscape, and a skein of geese honking overhead.

Jackie photographed boats in the harbour and Hurst lighthouse in the distance; and, of course,

me in action

We both caught the sunset. Jackie’s are the last two with the rows of masts.

We returned via Saltgrass Lane where I pictured a further sunset to which Jackie turned her back to photograph the moon beyond a grass curtain.

As the sun lowered its sights another photographer and watchers were silhouetted on Hurst Spit.

We needed no dinner this evening.


  1. A lovely outing with so many good pictures to share! My favorite of yours is the skein of geese above the pink-tinged clouds. My favorite of Jackie’s is the one with the grasses and the moon.

  2. Cinematographers refer to both dawn and dusk as “the magic hour” because of the way light registers on film. It actually is more like shortly before sunset and shortly before dawn. Your lovely photos demonstrate that quality!

  3. A good day where you get to accomplish tasks, but also enjoy food, good company, and beautiful scenery. (My husband has started shredding decades of papers, too.)
    You and Jackie both took so many wonderful photos. I can’t pick a favorite, but Jackie’s photo of the moon and grasses stands out because of the subtle colors and delicacy.

  4. My computer has a case of the “Go-slows” this morning… and my frustration is ‘setting’ in …. a Haiku that wrote now ..
    The sunset subsides
    Behind dark clouds there’s a glow
    Where light turns to night

  5. Another beautiful sunset captured by the Knights. I’m drawn to the photo of the swan looking at its reflection in the water. I can almost feel the wetness of the water and hear the gentle waves. I think the photographic word is definition, but it’s more than that. Lovely photo!

  6. A very large collection of beautiful photos. I never tire of looking at swans. Your photo is beautiful with the light on the ripples and the reflection competing with the swan.

  7. Absolutely gorgeous photos, Jackie and Derrick! All worthy of fancy frames and hanging in prominent places on walls! 🙂 The clouds and the waters sure put on spectacular shows for you! Love the photo where the moon is peeking out! 🙂
    Sounds like a wonderful day! YAY for time spent with family! 🙂
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

  8. The images of the sunset from both of you are really lovely.
    Jackie’s Moon behind the curtain was well spotted and beautifully captured.
    Your final images of the figures at dusk are just superb.

  9. Right Derrick, they are all brilliant but the most brilliantest of them all is the tall masted boat with the lighthouse merged. Go that girl!!

  10. I’m imagining you and Jackie back to back, cameras poised, both capturing these stunning shots. The skein of geese is my absolute favourite of an outstanding bunch. Good luck with the shredding!

  11. A wonderful day for you all and thank you for sharing the photos! The sunsets are glorious and great shots of the silhouettes of people at the end. Also learnt a new word – which I no doubt should have known before – ‘a skein of geese ‘! I’ll remember that one!

  12. Wow! Gorgeous photos by both of you! You had such wonderful scenes and beautiful lighting. Jackie’s photo skills are matching yours these days, Derrick. You’re rubbing off on her!

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