I went down to Gullane beach yesterday evening, ruffled and creased from the week, not really expecting anything wonderful to take photos of. I almost didn’t take my camera, but as I bundled the three dogs into the car, something told me to go back and pick it up. I’m so glad I did, as just 10 minutes along the road it became clear there was going to be some beautiful light this evening.
These are two shots taken standing on the same spot as the sun sank slowly into the ocean and the distant sky. The beach had emptied of people shortly after I arrived, and other than a couple of other photographers I had this wonderful show of reflected light all to myself. The light softened and warmed and sent beautiful shadows and highlights across water, sand and rock. I was mesmerised and enchanted by this soft unexpected sunset. Transported somewhere far from the worries of the week just passed, lifted into an eternal space, where all can be set right by the wind and the waves. The day ended with a silk kiss across the shore, and I was swept up into its warm breath. I let go of the day without noticing and slid joyfully into the evening, into the gathering darkness, into the freedom of the weekend.