Sunset in Puerto Vallarta, Independence Day

The Friday Photo #180 – A Mexican sunset

September 20, 2013 | Mexico, The Friday Photo, Travel | 1 Comment

And so it was that after an early start, one taxi, two flights and a long and sweaty bus ride through the back streets of Puerto Vallarta, I arrived to start the next chapter of my life in Mexico.

I’ll likely be here for six months, spending the first half of that chilling out in the small beach town of Sayulita on the Pacific coast. With great food, a laid-back lifestyle and sunsets like these every night, I have a feeling it isn’t going to be much of a hardship…

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Punakaiki sunset

The Friday Photo #164 – Sunset in Punakaiki

Punakaiki, on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island, isn’t quite a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ sort of place – but it’s not far from it. Famous for the multi-layered ‘pancake’ rock formations that form blowholes and jut out into the ocean, it’s the sort of town that gets plenty of tourist traffic during the day but reverts to a slow, sleepy little town again as night falls.

We’d decided to spend the night here after driving up from Fox Glacier, enjoying the laid-back charm of the local hostel a few metres from the rolling surf. Glancing out the window after dinner, I quickly grabbed my camera and raced out on to the balcony.

It’s not hard to see why.

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Echo Point sunset, Blue Mountains

The Friday Photo #141 – Sunset in the Blue Mountains

I’ve seen a lot of sunsets over the years, but this one a few days ago has to rate right up there with the best of them.

Echo Point, in the Blue Mountains two hours west of Sydney, is well known as a viewpoint for the famous Three Sisters rock formations that climb out of the forest canopy below. Heading down there at the end of the day, however, gave an even more majestic sight looking the other way. Towering cliffs, misty valleys and a blaze of gold lighting up the darkening sky.

We stood there for several minutes as the sun fell through the clouds and slowly dipped below the mountains, barely exchanging a word. None were needed.

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Sunset in La Coruna

The Friday Photo #111 – Sunset in La Coruna

I spent this week visiting friends in La Coruna, a small city on the Galician coast of northwest Spain. It’s a wonderful place, relaxing and highly enjoyable despite the cool winds that blew off the Atlantic for much of my stay.

Like much of the rest of the country the food and drink are simply incredible, the people are vibrant and the cobbled streets of the maze-like old town provide hours of exploration (whether that is the intention or not…).

What impressed me most, however? The expansive views. There are dozens, maybe hundreds of perfect vantage points to stop for a while, gazing over the rocky coastline and out into the blue.

It’s even more impressive at sunset.

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Palawan sunset

The Friday Photo #74 – Sunset in Palawan

You can tell it’s been a while since I was last sitting on a beach with the sand between my toes. Every time I come across an old photo like this, my mind starts to wander and I get this faraway look in my eye.

In Palawan sunsets like this were a nightly occurrence.

Is it any wonder that I start to dream?

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Fisherman at sunset on Tofino

The Friday Photo #63 – The evening commute in Tofino

Last year I posted a Friday Photo of a lone fisherman returning home with the last rays of the setting sun in Malaysia. When I spotted the same scene playing out eight months later and on the other side of the world in Tofino, Vancouver Island, I knew I had to reach for the camera.

This is the kind of evening commute I reckon I could handle.

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Sunset over the pier at Henley Beach

The Friday Photo #35 – Sunset over the pier at Henley Beach

I’ve been staying with some friends in Adelaide, Australia for the last few days. They are house-sitting an apartment right on the water at Henley Beach, a suburb about 20 minutes from the central city, and while we were sitting on the balcony downing a few cold ones one evening I happened to notice something out of the corner of my eye.

A rather awesome sunset.

It’s not an easy life.

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Fisherman at sunset near Malacca

The Friday Photo #28 – Last catch of the day, Malacca

Watching the sun set over an almost deserted beach near Malacca, Malaysia, I noticed this lone fisherman casting his net in the fading light as he slowly drifted along the shoreline.

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