Entries in Sunsets (7)


Smooth Waves Weekend With Crescent Moon Venus

Green ground swells along Florida east coast.

I had a very nice long Thanksgiving weekend with my family, and catching some good football games, even with the Dolphins losing in Dallas. I also enjoyed some personal time out shooting amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean with glassy waves, fanatic sunsets and the Moon and Venus in the evening twilight sky. A great weekend and a lot to be thankful for.

Jeff Gammons taking in the waves and ocean sitting on rocks.

Thanksgiving Eve the winds shifted offshore along the Florida east coast ahead of the next weak front making for smooth ocean surface waters. The remnant ground swell still was moving in from the east, and combined with the offshore winds, the waves were super clean. The rocky coastline of South Hutchinson Island also made for some interesting photography with the waves, and produced some relaxing sounds at the same time that would put you to sleep in a nice beach chair.

Crescent moon and Venus November 2011

Saturday evening after the sunset, there was a nice treat in the twilight sky looking to the southwest just above the horizon. A beautiful crescent moon with the planet Venus just above the moon to the left vividly hanging in the sky. After waiting out for the perfect light and fighting the mosquitoes off with the spray (yes we still have them here in South Florida during the Fall) I was able to capture a stunning shot over Lake Okeechobee. This pictures has made the rounds on Twitter, Google+ and FaceBook with thousands of views the last 48 hours. Thank everyone for sharing the picture!

Deep orange Florida sunset over lake okeechobee

Lastly, the sunsets over the last few evenings have been just as amazing. In late November and December, the farmers burn off the sugarcane fields (not the best for air quality) which the lingering smoke hangs low in the dusk sky making for wild looking sunsets. I even squeezed in a sunset timelapse over the weekend that came out great! Watch out for my 2011 weather highlight web video coming soon here on the website.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend, and I guess I can officially say Happy Holidays to you. :-) 


Breeze And Frontal Boundaries Make Convective Sunset

Sunset orange storm convection.

The same weather system that brought the record amount of tornadoes the last few days across the South, also sent a washed up frontal boundary into South Florida on Sunday. This almost stationary boundary was the focal point for afternoon sea breeze storms over Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. These storms brought much needed rain to the area, but unfortunately it was over a small area of Metro Southeast Florida.

Later into the evening hours, a few more weaker lightning storms developed over interior Palm Beach County along the breeze and outflow boundaries. Looking to my southeast at the time, I was greeted with an awesome view of the deep convection illuminated with the sunset colors. I’m hoping tomorrow will bring more chances of isolated storms with some lightning photography opportunities.


Hazy Hot Skies Weekend

Sun rays out from clouds.

Saw our first solid lower 90s for temperatures on Saturday. High pressure ridging over Florida helping to keep temps up, along with hazy hot looking skies. After last weeks heavy rains and severe storms, were back to a dry pattern while the upper midwest deals with Supercells and tornadoes in Iowa and Wisconsin.