While we have the same number of sunsets here in Naples as does the rest of the world, several unique conditions combine to make our sunsets special. Among the treats: warm water that generates spectacularly tall clouds; even warmer air makes watching comfortable; and — apart from the Pacific Coast — the experience of observing the sun setting over a large body of water.
The photo below was captured last evening at the north-westernmost point of land in Collier County: the public park at Barefoot Beach. It’s a rare evening that this mile-plus stretch of sand hosts less than the density depicted below. Sunset watching is far too disorganized and informal to be a termed a ritual — but it’s an easy fit for a memorable event and a long-time local tradition.
Most of the photo is actually of Lee County. In the distance, just to the right of the peach-colored patch of water, is the skyline of Sanibel. The buildings to the right are on Fort Myers Beach. And beyond that, a vigorous thunder cell over Charlotte Harbor. A few minutes after that digital capture — the cool downdraft that precedes the arrival of a storm cell made itself obvious. And we left.
Topics and photos planned for near-future blog posts: Beach Capacity; The Beauty/Danger of Lightning, Beach Parking; Free Beach Stickers, and The Green Flash.