Winter Sunsets – 4th December 2013

If there is one thing I really love about winter, it is the sunsets.

As a writer, I am very privileged to live in such a lovely location (although some people snigger when I say I live in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, which  is also the butt of many jokes, especially in reference to the dying words of King George V ‘Bugger Bognor’).

But when the clocks go back and the winter months arrive, I am wowed by the unusual beauty of our beach. At low tide, the sea rolls back to reveal row upon row of unusual rocky outcrops (called the Bognor Rocks after which our very town Football Club is named) and as the sand settles into ripples it gradually reflects the shifting colours of the sunset.

Sunset on the beach

This year has been exceptional. In the last week of November, the skies have been transformed into a swirling palette of shades, from soft blue to shocking pink and every conceivable shade on the spectrum in between. I love photographing sunsets and today, I decided to feature some of the best on this blog.

My walks along the beach with our dog, Barney, have also been great inspiration for my writing and I love describing things  I especially love to find ways of weaving words together, to create a canvas; and where VISIONS in particular lent itself to numerous opportunities to depict some of these amazing skyscapes.

Bright winter sunset

I’ll finish with an extract from Chapter 4 ‘New Friendships’ (Book 2 Visions)

‘As the conversation ensued, the sun sank lower in the sky, until it disappeared beneath the circle of trees. Clouds gathered and twisted themselves into weird shapes as they absorbed the fading sunlight, painting the sky into a swirl of colours, from an angry mauve to the softest peach, before a rim of fiery orange glared out from below the edges.’

We are blessed to have the pleasure of observing such magical skies in our environment.

About Helen J. Christmas

I am an English author and have written a series of novels, titled 'Same Face Different Place. Beginnings is a gangland thriller set in the criminal underworld of 1970s London. The second Book 'Visions' is a psychological thriller, set in Kent; a mystery that ensnares the owners of an historic, English Country House. Book 3 Pleasures contains suspense, thrills and YA romance, set in a backdrop of organised crime and at the advent of the British rave culture. There are 2 final books in the series, Retribution (Phase One) and Retribution (End Game) where the saga reaches its dramatic conclusion.
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