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The Beautiful Sky

September 5, 2014

by Nicole Close
At anchor, Big Sand Cay, Turks & Caicos Islands

The Green Flash
(picture not taken by us)
One thing I love about cruising is sunsets.  When you're hopping from island to island, you get a chance to see lots of beautiful sunsets.  I think they're a really special thing, especially since each one is unique.  Sunrises are also that way, but my mom's the only one who sees them.  The rest of us like to sleep in.

Another cool thing about sunsets is the green flash.  When the top sliver of sun is just above the horizon, sometimes it will turn green for a fraction of a second.  The green flash can't be seen when the sun is setting on the land.  At first, scientists thought it wasn't real, but they were proved wrong when someone managed to get recorded evidence of it.  The green flash is caused by the atmosphere separating the colors of the sun.  The very first time we tried to see the green flash on this trip, we were lucky and succeeded! However we haven't managed to see it again. 

Here are some pictures of sunsets, sunrises, and beautiful clouds we have taken on our trip.

Alligator River, NC
Manteo, NC
More pictures below....

Alligator River, NC
Belhaven, NC

Back River, GA
Jekyll Island, GA

Matanzas River, FL
Miami, FL

Frozen Cay, Bahamas
Norman's Cay, Bahamas

Norman's Cay, Bahamas
Norman's Cay, Bahamas

Shroud Cay, Bahamas
Warderick Wells, Bahamas

Cambridge Cay, Bahamas
Staniel Cay, Bahamas

Black Point Settlement, Bahamas
Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

Big Fish Cay, Turks & Caicos
No Name Harbor, FL

Pam F. said...

Beautiful photos, Nicole! Way to make us all jealous : )

Anonymous said...


I enjoyed your article and was amazed at the sunset photos. The bright orange one at Norman Cay is my favorite!

As a salty Caribbean Soul who has lived and sailed in the islands, I wanted to tell you just how fortunate you are to have the experience that you are right now. Most folks these days have lost their ability to see or even appreciate the sights, sounds, smells & sensations you and Cash are taking in. Soak it all up! You will be forever grateful for the rest of your life!

Your Dad and I have many miles under our keel together and one of my most memorable moments with him is when I saw the Southern Cross for the very first time in Caja de Meurtos, PR. It is so tiny in the sky but so inspiring at the same time. So much so, that one of the greatest sailing songs ever bears its name:


Keep Calm and Sail On

~~_/) ~~

Cap'n Matt

Aunt Lisa said...

Beautiful, Nicole! I left a comment on these before but the computer hates me so it didn't post. My favorite pictures are Bellhaven, Back River, and Jekyll Island. I love the reflections in the water and I think I prefer the ones with land or other boats in the background. Hmm, do you think my brain finds "safety" beautiful?