descriptive writing about a sunset
childhood and teenage years trying to understand the nature of my parents’ relationship and marriage. They have been together for nearly thirty-one years. After being a part of their marriage for eighteen years, I began to draw my own conclusions about their relationship: it was unhealthy. Rewind back to 1984, New Year’s Eve, this marked the first time my parents ever met. My mom and her girl friends were dining at a restaurant on the Upper East Side. Coincidentally, my dad was also eating there
The sunset. It was beautiful watching the sun slowly fall behind everything and watching the colours go from bright and vibrant, fade into pure darkness. Slowly. His grip tightened slightly on my hand, I turned to him quickly, eager to hear what he had needed to say but, also eager to turn my head back to the sky. I noticed his hand shaking a bit, nervousness seemed to take over often, although he seemed almost fearless. We made eye contact for a moment, then he glanced down. It was the kind of glance
A descriptive essay I had to write on experiencing the sunset on the beach.
Peace. Serenity. Contentment. A mixture of all of these creates the unmatched feeling that overwhelms me when I’m at the beach, watching the constant ebb of the waves.
It’s only me on the beach, allowing me to enjoy the sunset, undisturbed. The sun, a fiery orb, looks like it’s gradually receding into the waters below. The sky consists of an assortment of shades, a blend of reds, oranges and yellows. The waters below mirror this effect. The waves are tinted vermilion, with underlying streaks of blue that clash with it. The sand below my feet is the same color, making me feel like a firewalker – daring and bold. The contrast created between the dark waters and the luminous sky makes the horizon look like a meeting of two worlds – the known and the unknown. It’s breathtakingly beautiful, and I’m speechless as I stand before this magnificent sight.
Nothing disturbs me as I slowly sit down on the sand. All I can hear is the sound of the waves as they crash against the shore, and seagulls, which I cannot see, squawk in the distance. The wind whispers in my ear as it plays with my hair, as if it is telling me it’s deepest, darkest secrets. It is all so pure and cleansing, so much so that I feel intrusive when I scratch my foot – the sound seems loud and resounding.
The fishy smell is oddly comforting. It smells warm and salty, as I breathe in the cold, salty. The smell is chaste and unpolluted, a welcome change from the smog that envelops me in the city. It is the smell of freedom, and it makes me want to get up and run along the shore, which is exactly what I do.
As I run, the wind whips my face, blowing my hair back. The salty air makes my eyes water and my feet tingle. The sand is soft beneath my feet, as I run close to the ocean, dodging the waves that try to push me over. I almost fall – the water makes me slip, and I stumble clumsily. My arms are thrown apart, grasping the empty air. I stop, breathless, and feel the stickiness settling on my skin, as I walk towards the ocean to wash my feet.
I soak my feet, and wash my face – which is a big mistake. The saline water stings my eyes, making them burn, and goes into my mouth. It tastes salty and dirty – quite different from how it looks – and I spit it out. I raise my shirt to wipe my mouth, and get sand in my mouth. My idiocy annoys me as I spit out the rough, grainy sand. It tastes of nothing at all – it’s not salty or sweet, just dry. I wipe my mouth and sit back down, feeling stupid.
All of that is forgotten when I look out into the horizon again. Without me noticing, the sun has almost set. The sky is more purple than red now, highlighting the transition from day to night. I lean back and stare at the sky, noticing the different hues. I breathe in deeply as I lie down, my eyes shutting involuntarily, as I slowly fall asleep.
Staring out beyond the mountains and watching the sun slowly disappear, I become present enough to not only realize but also appreciate the symbolism of the sunset.
When we look out into the sun, the sunset is our reminder that yes indeed everything will be alright. As it disappears, so do our problems of the day — as it reappears a brand new — it’s a new opportunity to become a better you.
Describing a Sunset
There’s a soothing necromancy to the sounds of the sea that can’t be found anywhere else. I say necromancy because the night sounds can seem as sinister as a burglar to the unwary. Have you ever sat on a shingle beach with the sun setting and the salty lips of the waves kissing the sand roughly? Is it possible to recreate this sound? Open your ears and give it a try. Can you hear it?
The sun set in the sky as fresh colours brushed upon an artist’s canvas, as if those rays were destined to create a great work of art – one given to those open to capturing simple moments in the soul.
Her eyes drifted to the horizon, the sky was pink and the sharp prongs of bare trees had ripped a hole in the clouds. Through the wound the colours of winter bled and burnt her mind.