Snow and Beautiful Sunsets of Winter

When the beauty of landscapes in the tree foliage disappears on the East Coast, we look to those beautiful cold winter days of snow and incredible sunsets.  If you travel into the mountains in the Shenandoah Valley you can capture the most incredible color in sunsets (sunrise) as if the skies were on fire.  You can photograph them naturally and beautifully in HDR against those barren trees in dark silhouette against the backdrop of these amazing hues, light and rays of color.  Every year when it snows we make this pilgrimage to our favorite spot to capture them.  Find your winter sunsets, they are everywhere.

Winter Sunset in the Valley

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Update: The snow has blanketed the country this year and so an update to this snow and sunset post was needed. The beauty of the skies is breathtaking but traveling difficulties limit our movement to special places and the higher elevations. Many of the parks are closed but we do not despair, the skies and beauty can be captured anywhere.
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Sunset in Margaritaville

What goes well with sunsets, sunrise, the beach and fun places and great food?  Margaritaville.   What is and where is Margaritaville?  “Margaritaville” is a 1977 song by American popular music singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett from the album Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes.  Named for the cocktail “margarita,” with lyrics reflecting a laid-back lifestyle in a tropical climate, “Margaritaville” has come to define Buffett’s music and career.  Margaritaville is the named  tropical-styled restaurant chain, resorts, casinos of Jimmy Buffett and his events, music, cruises and more.

This colorful restaurant and their beach locations make them an excellent subject for HDR-DRI photography and photoshoots.  Looking for one near you, here’s the place.  Margaritaville

The Return to Secret Lake

The incredible sunsets of the Secret Lake have bidden us to return each season to photograph its beauty. Our last visit we were met with ice, snow and the bliss of winter. This returns breaks again in the sunsets that adorn this place. From every vantage place around the lake there is scenic beauty to behold and so we are reminded of the “Eye of the Beholder

Return to Secret Lake

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“No golden sand of fabl’d river,

No jewel glittering for ever,
No wine-born vision’s melting quiver,

In vivid glory can compare
 With that which we ourselves prepare
To throw round that we fancy fair.

Never such beauty glittered yet,
In golden beams of suns that set
On cupola and minaret.

Never such beauty met men’s eyes
In silver light of moons that rise
O’er lonely lakes ’neath tropic skies.”
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_James Michael – “The Eye of the Beholder’