I am obsessed with sunsets. Sometimes I wonder if they've always been as radiant as they seem these days or if it actually took me that long before I began to notice and truly appreciate them.
Then, I can't help but wonder how many folks out there may be driving headlong into one... and simply do not see it. And, how could they possibly miss it?
Well, when my sister mentioned the possibility of us heading over to the coast to catch a sunrise one morning during our stay at her place in Florida, I couldn't help but be tempted. Even though I am not a morning person. In the least. But... time slipped away and I suppose we got a bit too lazy and just never made it over there to catch one.
So, while on our stay at Cocoa Beach, on the way home, I had decided that I was going to take advantage of my last chance to catch it rise over the ocean (until who knows when). I kept watching the weather and though the rain had held off for us up to that point, there was a good chance it would be rolling in just in time for the sun to come up that day.
Still. I had to at least try to catch it.
So, though I normally sleep like a rock, I awoke when I heard Dad get up at about 4 a.m. and I did not go back to sleep. I just kept checking the time, to be sure I didn't miss my chance.
Finally! 6:45! One more glance at the weather app... Sure enough - clouds are rolling in. Gotta hurry!
Got out of bed, like a kid on Christmas morning and threw on some shoes, a jacket and my hair in a quick ponytail. Asked around if anyone would like to join me....
Got it. ;)
Grabbed my phone and key card and snuck out the door.
You could almost feel the atmosphere swelling, awaiting the approaching showers.
'But, maybe it'll hold off.'
We were only staying one block away from the beach, so I headed into the wind that had kicked up and made my way to the beach access.
There... peeking through the gathering clouds... a little glow of light.
Awww... Okay. So, it wasn't quite as glorious as I'd been hoping for. But, it was still beautiful in its own right and worth losing a few hours of sleep for.
And it was very peaceful out there.
So, I just took my time walking closer to the shore to see if it might manage to peek out some more before being completely engulfed in clouds.
Uh oh... Now, we're talking.
And just so you have an idea of what the sun was up against that morning...
This was just to the north of where I was facing:
Which would win out... The radiant sun? or the menacing clouds?
Only time would tell now.
Lo and behold...
Just when it seemed that the storm clouds had all but won...
Radiance began to shine forth.
And then took our collective breath away.
There were only a handful of us on the beach that morning, but we were all completely mesmerized.
A gentleman who was out running, slowed down to snap a picture and say 'Wow! Really beautiful, isn't it!'
And it certainly was.
And just like that...
It was gone.
And I found myself seeking refuge from the rain shower that had now settled in.
But, the rain of a thousand storm clouds couldn't put a damper on that beautiful moment.