Escape from It All With Soothing Beach Sunset Pictures
There's nothing like a walk on a tranquil beach as the sun sets. The sound of the waves lapping up on the shore, the feel of the sand beneath your feet, the cloudy sky drenched in pastel sunset tones, and the wind flowing through your hair all create the perfect recipe for an escape from the hecticness of daily life. In an ideal world, you'd have access to these beaches whenever you need their calming qualities. Fortunately, there is a life hack that can transport you to those serene moments anytime you like — beach sunset pictures in the form of awe-inspiring fine art photography wall art.
The Zen of Beach Sunset Pictures
As noted in our blog, Art Heals: Unlocking and Exploring Its Many Benefits, numerous studies have revealed nature's remarkable ability to serve up a host of benefits for both body and mind. Something as simple as a nature walk, like on a beach during sunset, boosts our mood, and that elevated feeling can continue long after we return to the real world.
Psychology Today's article How Admiring the Sunset Changes You for the Better discusses the three benefits of sunset gazing:
- Emotional well-being - Here, the article discusses how those connected to nature report a higher level of happiness and more positive emotions than those who do not engage with nature. The article goes on to state that the well-being we cultivate through soaking in nature only comes to those who tune in to the beauty. (It's nearly impossible not to tune in to a mesmerizing sunset on a peaceful beach stroll.)
- Concern for others - The article covers the ability of natural beauty to create positive emotions and increase our concern for our fellow humans (After taking in one or a year's worth of satisfying sunsets, it's easy to understand how bearing witness to such beauty can soften our hearts and hard shells resulting in more love and less separation and coldness between us and other people.)
- Satisfaction with life - In the third benefit, the article discusses the power of natural beauty to enrich our lives and, in turn, make them more rewarding. The piece states, “One study found that greater engagement with beauty was associated with higher levels of life satisfaction, gratitude, and a spiritual outlook.” (When witnessing a scene like a sunset over the ocean, as humans, we're wired to stop and take notice. As we become one with the sunset, we enter the present moment. While we remain there, our mind creates a gentle and rewarding space as we take a vacation from yesterday's regret and tomorrow's worry.)
What Makes Southern California and Hawaiian Beach Sunset Photography So Powerful?
No matter where you are, a setting sun is a site to behold. But there's something about watching the sun sink into the ocean in Southern California or Hawaii that adds another level of awe to the experience.
Southern California Sunsets
Southern California produces hypnotic sunsets year-round, but those in the winter are especially majestic. The colder winter temperatures act like a drying-out agent for the atmosphere. This allows the light to travel all the way from the atmosphere without being absorbed by the same amount of moisture droplets as other seasons.
Since specific colors are less adept at cruising through the atmosphere, they fall behind the other colors the sun emits — the ones that ultimately reach us through a sunset. While many believe California sunsets are spectacular due to the smog, this is not the case. Another thing that makes winter sunsets in Southern California so breathtaking is the sun spends more time near the horizon.In our piece pictured above, Spectacular Ventura Sunset, the orange sherbet sky reflecting off the incoming waves is so captivating it's almost heartbreaking. This is the type of heightened scene you wish you could freeze in time and soak in the dreamlike quality anytime you like until your soul overflows with gratitude and wonder. And that's precisely what you can have, or the closest thing to it, when you incorporate wall art like this into your space.
Vivid Ocean Sunset is another fine example of the beauty a Southern California sky can deliver at day's end. With the last rays of a setting sun pouring through the cloud ceiling and reflecting onto the shallow water, it's hard to tell where the beach and water end and the sky begins. Sunsets are surreal, and sunset wall art like this takes the surreal and turns it all the way up to 11.
The article The Scientific Reason Why Hawaiian Sunsets Are So Beautiful explains that Hawaiian sunsets are so powerful due to a threefold boost. First, volcanic dust paired with volcanic smog/haze plays a large role. This dust mixes with various gasses and water vapor which helps amplify the colors in the sky.
Second, Hawaiian sunsets benefit greatly from location. Located “20° north of the equator and 155° west of the Prime Meridian in the Northern Hemisphere” lends the islands year-round warm weather, resulting in a ton of water vapor which helps boost the colors.
Finally, the setting sun disappearing into the ocean with no land mass disturbing the horizon creates a sunset experience like no other.
Our Kauai photography is chock full of unbelievable sunset wall art. Imagine hanging Palms Ablaze in your home. This piece featured in our article The New Sanctuary: 5 Tips for Choosing Home Office Art, is not only a significant upgrade to any space and serves as a mood enhancer and source of peace, but you can also use it as an escape. Let's face it — even those with a high level of patience have one or two people in their lives that know exactly how to push their buttons. In times like these, simply dial into Palms Ablaze to anchor yourself and create some much-needed distance from the source of your impatience.Island of Fire is an excellent choice. Sunset pictures like this add a lively sense of the dramatic to any space while simultaneously revealing the unmatched skill of Mother Nature's paintbrush.
Now that you know the power of sunset wall art to help you escape life's daily chaos and fill your soul with love, gratitude, and wonder, we'd love to help you find the perfect piece for your needs. When you have a moment, please take a look at our photographic collections. If something catches your eye or speaks to something deep within you, don’t hesitate to contact us online or by phone. One of our greatest joys is helping you elevate your unique space.