Sunset Obsession in Cedar Key, Florida


Yes, I understand that the world of the interwebz is overflowing with pretty pictures of sunsets. But how can it not be? When we stop enjoying the small wonders and beauty of the world, it will become wasted… and we can’t let a good sunset go to waste now can we?

If you haven’t noticed ‘round these parts, we are sunset people. I don’t do mornings. I don’t take pictures of sunrises. If you want to see a sunrise picture, pretend my sunset pictures are coming from the east. It has to be a very special occasion for me the get up before the butt crack of dawn.

I’ve started a tradition this past year. I’m making sure to photograph the last sunset of the year every year on Over Yonderlust. It started in 2011 in Montanita, Ecuador and continued into 2012 in Cedar Key, Florida. While being in Ecuador was EPIC, nothing can compare to the show-stopper that Cedar Kay produced in the sky on New Years Eve.

It was like we got our own special show. In a matter of 20 minutes we experienced 5 different sunsets, each with their own color palette and highlighting a different part of the sky. I’ve never seen anything like it before.

My hands were shaking and my legs were trembling as a photogasm set in.

Pinks, purples, blues… I didn’t know the sky could be PURPLE. How did I miss this?

Great. Now the bar has been raised.

I finally understood what all my friends were raving about in Florida. Their Instagram pictures were beautiful, but didn’t give them enough credit.

They really do have the best sunsets.
Now to somehow make sure we are always out of town somewhere where clouds don’t exist during New Year’s Eve… I’m determined to find out where we can go to keep raising the bar.










29 Responses to “Sunset Obsession in Cedar Key, Florida”

  1. Kindra January 16, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    Lovely photos as usual 🙂 I particularly like the third one from the bottom!

  2. Tom @ Waegook Tom January 16, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    Sunsets! I miss them so much – I’m usually stuck inside working while the sun is putting on a show outside! I plan to see A LOT of sunsets come March time, though!

    As for Florida, one of my friends always shares photos that his dad takes in their backyard – his family lives in Boca Raton. The colours are amazing – magentas, crimsons, tangerines and fuchsias! Love your shots here, too – and what a cool tradition! I may have to steal it from you.

    • Erica January 16, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

      It is going to be AMAZEBALLS!

  3. Juno January 16, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    What a beauty 🙂

  4. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures January 16, 2013 at 5:45 pm #


  5. Jonathan Look, Jr. January 16, 2013 at 11:07 pm #

    I too am a sucker for sunset photos. To me they never seem trite to me!

  6. Brian January 17, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    Love the gallery of sunset pics! Glad you could enjoy them with us.

    • Erica January 23, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

      I’m glad you guys invited us! We would have missed out!

  7. Maria January 17, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    Wow! Purrrrttteeee

    • Erica January 23, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

      It was sooooooooo good.

  8. Natalie January 18, 2013 at 2:23 am #

    How weird! I have just read a post all about sunrises!! I like these as well. The first one is my favourite

    • Erica January 23, 2013 at 11:20 pm #

      It was hard to pick which ones to show because I had like 40 pictures of sunsets! But it is funny – some people are just predisposed to certain times of the day!

  9. Ali January 18, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    I *LOVE* sunsets! These are gorgeous!

  10. A Montrealer Abroad (@amontrealer) January 18, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous. That is all.

  11. Maria January 19, 2013 at 12:02 am #

    I’m so glad you two were both able to join us for New Years. Hearing the legends of the Cedar Key sunsets is never the same as experiencing them for yourself. Pictures usually dont give it the full justice as it is a limited view but your pics sure do look incredible! 🙂 I love the way they transform throughout the night.

    Excited to see where the 2014 New Years pic will be taken… maybe I should start taking bets… do I see Asia in your future??? Hmmm… we will have to wait and see!

    • Erica January 23, 2013 at 11:24 pm #

      WE SHALL SEEEEEEEEEEE! *insert dramatic music*

  12. Alex January 21, 2013 at 5:09 am #

    Wow! That really is a stunner. I am with you… when we stop taking joy in the little things like sunsets, why are we even living?

    Love your NYE tradition!

    • Erica January 23, 2013 at 11:30 pm #

      YES! Shaun asked me the other day. “Do you think we will ever look over sunsets like they are no big deal?” and I just shouted back, “I HOPE NOT!”

  13. Pete January 21, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    How could you not be trigger happy with colors like that? Beautiful!

    • Erica January 23, 2013 at 11:31 pm #

      It was very easy. You should have seen the number of photos I started with!

  14. Camels & Chocolate January 21, 2013 at 9:46 am #

    Florida has the best sunsets! I spent every summer growing up down there, and I still think nowhere beats it when the sun is setting.

    • Erica January 23, 2013 at 11:32 pm #

      I didn’t know! I feel like I was out of the loop on that one. Although I imagine having albums upon albums of sunset pics if I lived there.

  15. Emily in Chile January 21, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    Beautiful! I have to say that I think Chile has some really great sunsets (partially thanks to the pollution, but oh well)…and they’re visible from my balcony. Juuust saying 🙂

    • Erica January 23, 2013 at 11:32 pm #

      Pollution does help. When I lived in El Paso it was the same.

  16. Hogga January 22, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    wow, this pictures are beautiful

  17. Federico January 23, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

    Imagine seeing an alligator jumping out the water while taking the pic…it would have been EPIC! Or probably the look in your face would have been just as cool 😉 Happy 2013 Erica and Shaun…will you be heading South this year?

    • Erica January 23, 2013 at 11:35 pm #

      Fede: Don’t think we’re heading south… but you never know. We’re just letting this year plan itself.

  18. Ayngelina January 25, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

    It looks so peaceful there. I love the reflections.

  19. Amanda January 29, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

    Guh, SO PRETTY!

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