Naples Pier, May 2019 (sunset) and July 5, 2020 (moonset). People, including me certainly, love sunsets. I also love big landscape vistas. Perhaps staring off into vastness reminds us of our relatively small position in the cosmos; a humbling perspective that is paradoxically inspiring. Here in Southwest Florida, we have spectacular sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico. The great Florida photographer Clyde Butcher has been quoted as saying “clouds are Florida’s mountains” and when you see them magnificently rising into the sky, you can appreciate why. We also have the “sea of grasses” known as the Everglades, one of the most important wildlife ecosystems on the planet but one that is endangered by the stresses of population growth. Thankfully, Floridians have come to appreciate the importance of the Everglades and constructive steps continue to be taken to preserve what is left and to encourage regrowth of plant and animal populations (more to be done, for sure). I love pointing my camera at both the setting sun and the Everglades…sometimes together.

Sunset, 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge(above) and Delnor-Wiggins State Park (below). Both June, 2020.

Moon rise over my Naples neighborhood. October 2019.

Sunset over the Everglades. October 2019.

Key West Sunset, May 2019. KW may have the best sunsets on the planet. (I know that’s saying a lot.)

Sunset over the Everglades from Alligator Alley (I-75). Images above and below.

Sunset from the deck of the Key West Express, May 2019.