“Everything that is made beautiful and fair and lovely is made for the eye of one who sees”. – Rumi
As I walked along the beach, heavy water-laden clouds began rolling in, bringing the threat of rain. Despite the pleasurable relief that rain would bring, I prayed it would wait until after sunset. For it was my last night in the Osa Peninsula, and I could hardly wait to see one of nature’s greatest gifts.
I walked slowly, stopping often to pay attention to the changing of the clouds and light. Tiny beams of sunlight burst through the dark, thick clouds leaving glowing streaks of gold across the gray water. Despite the dark palette of grays, blues and creams the sunset had a calming effect on my soul. It was just what my spirit needed to end an adventurous week.
When I arrived at the end of the beach, I found the perfect spot on the sand to place my towel and sit. I saw a lovely family of five playing in the water and took that moment to capture them on film. They were so beautiful and radiant with happiness and joy. The scene could not have been more idyllic as it brought happy thoughts of my own family back home. They would be seeing this for themselves soon. Not the Osa Peninsula, but the beauty of Costa Rica.
I did nothing for the next hour but sit there and enjoy the unfolding of the show. As the sun dipped further and further below the horizon, I noticed the slight variations in cloud formations and light. I snapped away on my camera, trying to capture this moment in time.
I couldn’t resist putting slideshow of the small changes in light, color and clouds.
I deeply wanted to stay down at the beach but it was starting to get dark and I was getting eaten alive by sandflies and mosquitos. Thankfully, the Bella Vista Lodge was perched at the opportune spot high above the beach for the grand finale. I got up the steep gravel road just in time to see the grayness come to life in a fit of color. Like nothing I’d ever seen before.
Slowly it unfolded. From pink….to orange…to red.
And I couldn’t think of a more serendipitous send off from this incredibly magical place. But the good news is that I will be back. Tomorrow at this time, I will be in Costa Rica! Pura Vida!
I can see why you wanted to give the sunset it’s own post. Gorgeous photographs.
Oh thank you Alison! Hope you are well! 🙂 I’m catching up now….
“Bienvenidos a Guanacaste” and the arid heat of the dry season! I hope that you and your family have a fantastic time!
That sunset painted the sky flaming colors for you; what a lovely parting gift!
Just got home Lisa. This post was from my January trip to the Osa. This trip we went to Quepos, Arenal and Rio Celeste. Can’t wait to share! It was amazing and we saw so much!!!
…a sailor’s delight!
The purples! You forgot to mention the purples!!! 🙂
Yes the purples!
As always great writing and splendid pictures ! You really know how to transport us through your posts. For a moment I really sat there with you on the beach lol
Oh thank you! That makes me feel really happy. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and felt like you were there too! 🙂
You got your wish fulfilled, didn’t you! And such gorgeous photos thrown in. 🙂
Oh thank you Otto! Have you been to Costa Rica? It is such a special place. Just got home from another week there with my family this time and we went to the volcano area. Amazing place. Hope all is well! 🙂
I have not been to Costa Rica yet, “only” to its neighbouring countries.
Costa Rica remains my favorite in Central America but I also like Guatemala. They are so different though. All of them so hard to compare.
What a stunning finale post of your adventures there, dear Nicole🌟
Those sunset images are out of this world.
I’m sure you will be enjoying a brand new adventure as I type this.
See you in a new post soon Nicole🌸💕
Oh thank you Di! Ok, I got some amazing sunset photos from our trip. We had such a wonderful time. I can’t wait to share all my stories and photos. Now back to the daily grind. 🙂 hope you are well Di! 🙂
Wunderschöne Wolkenbilder und Abendrot-Stimmungen aus Costa Rica. Herzlichen Dank fürs zeigen. Ernst
Wow the sunset looks so amazing!
Thank you! It was quite a sunset!
Oh my! What a spectacular light show. I’m in awe! The pinks and reds are amazing. Thanks for sharing your evening with us.
Glad you enjoyed it. I love sunsets. We just got back on our first family trip to Costa Rica. It was so fun to show the kids a new world. I can’t wait to share it all on the blog. Those family times together are sacred.
These pictures are STUNNING. Isn’t it incredible how such a short amount of time can leave you feeling so at peace and in place? I think a beach trip is in order for me soon.
Thank you so much! I’m so glad you have enjoyed my photos! 🙂
Wow, front row seats to the greatest show on earth. How blessed were you? xo 🙂
Oh thanks Miriam. Yes it was such a special place. I feel quite blessed to have seen it.
I’m sure you do. xo
Wow, did you get a fabulous send-off. Thanks for sharing this beautiful scene.
Thank you LuAnn!
Loved reading your travelblog not everyone is fortunate to travel extensively. Thanks for sharing your experiences
Thank you so much for the comment. Yes, I realized early on in my travels what a gift it was to travel. Many people never get to even leave their villages. That is why I’ve dedicated so much time to this blog. TO share and also use my voice to advocate for social justice and good. Thanks for the comment. I’m really glad you like my blog! 🙂
What a spectacular ending, Nicole! And then… family time 🙂 🙂
Thanks Jo! Yes just got back from our most recent trip to Costa Rica with the kids. Went to different parts and we had an amazing trip. Can’t wait to share!