Sunsets Make Me Happy (Hour)

January 15, 2022

Sunsets Make Me Happy (Hour)


We had adult beverages in the waning light last night here on the dock at Gumbo Cove in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

The pastel glow of the sunset, the cool air, the clouds mirrored on the bayou’s glassy smooth surface, the libations, the company… it was a very peaceful and happy hour.

That’s a “hers and his” pic of the drinks. The Grill-Meister had a single-malt scotch, and I made up a simple but refreshing concoction; let’s call it the Bayou Sunset. It goes like this:

  • 4 oz. rosé
  • 3 oz. lemon-flavored sparkling water
  • 1 oz. Chambord or other raspberry flavored liqueur

It also goes like this: YUM! Not too sweet, mildly fruity from the Chambord, a little sparkly and tart from the sparkling water. It would have been even better with a lemon twist and a blackberry, but alas, we are on a short weekend here and only have the most basic of provisions.

Taking time to reflect as the sun sets on a Friday night, with or without a cocktail, waterside or not, is a great thing to do.

Why do sunsets make us happy? There are all kinds of answers to this question on Google: because they connect us to nature, they connect us to the continuum of the earth since it began, they’re romantic, each one is unique and special (like us), they’re calming, they’re inspirational, etc. I’ve reflected on it here before.

Maybe sunsets captivate us through mindfulness brought on by beauty. Maybe we’re wired to appreciate the colors and the light, and sunsets make us take a moment to do just that. Perhaps the sunset is the curtain call for the day, the moment we stop to applaud it.

So here’s a(nother) haiku for sunset, one of about a half dozen haiku here in the blog inspired by the sun’s daily swan song.

the day’s curtain call
a pastel benediction
bowing into night

© 2022, Glover Gardens

6 thoughts on “Sunsets Make Me Happy (Hour)”

  • When I was back in photo school in the days when we used film we were taught that if we had to err do it on the side of warmth. Human brains find warm tones reassuring. That’s likely why you like transitional light. Dawn light is less warm because the particulates of the day are not yet in the air.

    • Wow, that’s cool! I like knowing the scientific side of the attraction to sunset. It’s amazing how we are driven by internal forces that we don’t even know about. Warm tones and transitional light, that’s the latest tip I’m adding to my list from you. 😊

      • Photography, along with video are the only two visual medium that requires mechanical tools to make art. There are some offshoots that don’t but for the most part that remains true. You have to understand a little about optics, physics, algebra and a little calculus. In the old days also chemistry for the darkroom. This, is in addition to the the sciences. This all gets ingrained in you and I rarely think about it when I make pictures. In fact, try my best to be zennish, I never think of anything.

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