Perfect Dip

February 14, 2010

The sun sets perfectly behind palm trees into the ocean. - Kuta, Bali, Indonesia - Daily Travel Photos
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The sun sets perfectly into the ocean.

I'm generally not into sunsets for the sake of sunsets. Other additional elements must necessarily be present in the photo for it to succeed. In this case, I simply wanted to bring attention to the near-daily perfect sunsets that occur in Southeast Asia, specifically, in Bali. Maybe it was a function of the time of year but for the 2 weeks I was in Kuta, the sun dipped unobstructed into the ocean without fail each day. Perhaps the perception of perfect sunsets is also a function of the frequency a person encounters them in a lifetime. Childhood near New York City and adulthood in California presented few perfect sun teabagging for me despite having lived adjacent to two oceans.

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The sky lights up purple and pink above the rooftops of a hotel. - Kuta, Bali, Indonesia - Daily Travel Photos
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The partially cloudy sky lights up purple and pink above the rooftops of a hotel.

Again, I may be perceiving things but I think the sunsets are much more vivid in other parts of the world. Maybe this is due to the lack of airborne pollutants or even the presence of industrial chemicals illustrated by the skies at sunset in India.

This concludes non-Thailand weekends. Stay tuned for our regularly scheduled Thailand photos tomorrow from the greatest little island in the world, Ko Lipe.

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