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“The Chesapeake of Perfection: The Science and Soul Behind our Breathtaking Bay Sunsets

January 28th, 2019 by Wade Adler

The Eastern Shore has never had any trouble being brilliant. So much of our daily lives here would easily make most people’s ‘best of’ list…the weather, our nowhere-else-on-earth landscape, the bay…heck, even our local charm!

But the sunsets…oh those sunsets. If you live here you know it…sunsets on the Eastern Shore are nothing short of miraculous. As the sun earnestly retreats below the horizon (or as our planet revolves away from the sun, for you literal types) the magic happens. 

The Lowdown on Sundown

Are we partial to our sunsets? Of course. But there is a science to why there are so many chromatically diverse sunsets on the Eastern Shore.  National Geographic tells us the seasons have something to do with it. The fall and winter seasons on the east coast produce especially colorful sunsets due to the air being dryer and cleaner. The clouds help, too, acting as reflectors for the color in the atmosphere. NOAA says “Clouds catch the last red-orange rays of the setting sun…like a theatre screen, and reflect this light to the ground.” Add that to the sunset reflection in our bay and ocean waters and, unscientifically, you have perfection.

But back to the magic of it. When it happens, we’re not thinking spectrum or light waves or how dry the air might be. We’re thinking WOW. 

Here on the Eastern Shore, it often happens something like this:

The late afternoon blue sky almost imperceptibly fades into faint pinks and golds. The colors are subtle at first. Blushing. Shy. Then the atmosphere throws caution to the wind and seems to set itself aflame! The colors are so vivid as to seem unreal. It’s the kind of sight that does things to a person…

A few of our friends shared what it does for them: 

-It can immediately wash away the cares of a busy day. 

-It makes me feel wonderfully small. 

-There’s something humbling about ending your day with that kind of BIG beauty.

-It reminds me how lucky I am to live here on the Eastern Shore. 

-It transcends all of the things that separate us.  

When it comes to the sun setting on our lovely Eastern Shore, “the lady definitely knows how to make an exit.” And once those wild, fiery colors surrender to the velvety sapphire that is the night sky here, evening on the Bay begins. Which is another very colorful story we’ll tell someday…

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