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The Sunset of a Lovely Evening

The beautiful thing about sunsets is that no two are ever the same. I like to think of them as God painting in the heavens every single day. In order to catch the best effects you always have to start planning to snap your photographs one hour before sundown. If you are not in position, you will truly miss some fantastic lighting effects. The hour and a half before sun up and sun down has got to be my all time favorite two times of the day to be a photographer and artist.

The beautiful thing about friendships is that no two are ever the same. I was very fortunate to be on location in Port Jefferson with Kathy P when I took this picture. We share a very unique relationship and have converted our on-line friendship to brick and mortar. I was very honored that she took the time to select areas of Port Jefferson for us to tour that she thought my family and I would enjoy. We had a wonderful time and I'm hoping to go back for a weekend to sketch and eventually paint the docks. The wonderful thing about being a Realtor is the connections you get to make with people. I'm going to talk more about my friend in depth and introduce you to her blog. Stay tuned for a new minion update with more photographs of our visit with KP.

In the meantime, here is a little Port Jefferson, Long Island Sound sunset eye candy captured during our AR road trip to visit Kathy. Enjoy!


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Comment balloon 42 commentsC Tann-Starr • September 07 2008 08:14PM


C... These pictures look wonderful, and peaceful at the same time.  I can only imagine in person must of been 10 times better.

Posted by Valerie Osterhoudt, ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889 (Johnson Real Estate, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Valerie, it was great visiting there. I have never seen the Long Island Sound or visited Port Jefferson before. It truly is a very interesting area and I am looking forward to going back with the kids to see and learn more about it. I especially would like to tour the art galleries. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Beautiful!  Come see a Pacific sunset sometime.

I can't wait to hear about your visit with Kathy!  She's great -- and minion approved!

Posted by Elaine Hanson, REALTOR - Topanga, CA Real Estate Agent (Compass) about 12 years ago

Carolyn.....beautiful sunsets and pictures.  Sunset is one of my favorite times of day.

Posted by Pam Winterbauer, "Providing Blue Ribbon Service" (Pam Winterbauer Real Estate) about 12 years ago

Gorgeous pic!!!

Posted by Melody Botting, You Deserve The Best (Broker Associate PenFed Realty) about 12 years ago

Carolyn,  You are such a talented writer and express yourself so well.  Thank you for that comment on my post about the mom thing.  Yes, my boys are still my babies!!!

Posted by Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula, Realty Works Temecula (Realty Works Temecula) about 12 years ago


Great pics, thanks for sharing!

Posted by Northern Virginia Real Estate Photography - Bryant Payden, Northern Virginia Real Estate Photography (B. Payden Photography, LLC) about 12 years ago

Elaine, I have every intention of coming to CA and am happily anticipating several Pacific sunsets with my friends. You must make a list of things for us to do in your neck of the woods. Foodie paradise spots are very high on my agenda. (LOL)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Carolyn, Kathy chose a lovely place, it is one of my favorite towns....and your pictures are captivating!   I'm glad so many people get to see something really special on Long Island.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 12 years ago

Hmm... minion approved... Elaine, what a great concept! (LMAO).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Thank you, Pam. Sunset holds a special spot in my heart. I love observing the sky change colors and cloud watching...

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Thank you, Mel.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Jane, you are very welcome. Thank you for the kind words, they are very much appreciated. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Carole, one of these days you are going to have to pick a nice spot for me to come check out. I know so little about Long Island. Kathy picked a really neat place to visit and I can't wait to bring the boys back again. Noah really liked the playground near the docks and there was something lovely to see every place we walked. I wish we had more time, but am grateful for the time we did share. The kids love being outside and I like to accommodate them as much as possible. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Carolyn, not California when Oregon is so much prettier. LOL. Remember, we have the Pacific here too, but it is too cold to swim in. Great pics, thanks for sharing.

Posted by Fred Chamberlin, Oak Harbor/Whidbeynulls, #1 Experienced FHA Mortgage Consultant (Guild Mortgage Co - Oak Harbor WA) about 12 years ago

Bryant, thank you. I'm glad you liked them. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Fred, I can't swim worth a lick and I really need to learn how to do that. My kids are water rats! (LOL) Oregon sounds lovely. I am soooo looking forward when Mike retires! 3.5 months to total freedom! What a beautiful thing... :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Love me some eye candy, C.  These must have looked amazing in person.  You did a great job capturing them on "film".  :)

Posted by Kristina Pratt, REALTOR - SFR - GoshenRealtyGroup.com (St. Louis' Illinois Suburbs - RE/MAX Preferred Partners) about 12 years ago

Carolyn, sunsets and sunrises, are so much a matter of timing and the weather to get a good shot. You did very well with these and I am glad you and Kathy P got together.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 12 years ago

Thank you, Kristina, I am sooo into eye candy too. It's an addiction. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Oh i so love sunsets AND sunrises ............beautiful pics...

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor about 12 years ago

Thank you, Gary. What you say is very true. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Thank you Liz. I absolutely love sunrises and sunsets. I am so glad that you enjoyed the photographs. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Carolyn ~ Those pictures really did come out nice!  Too bad those damn seagulls wouldn't cooperate! : )  I'm glad you liked the area and hope you will come back to check it out further.

Posted by Kathy Passarette, L.I. Staging/Decorating (Creative Home Expressions) about 12 years ago

C - I love sunsets also, and it's finally getting to the time of year when I can be awake enough to appreciate sunrise (how can God have created such a beautiful thing as a sunrise at the ungodly hour of 5 A.M.?) Great eye candy and it sounds like you, Kathy & the Minions had a great day.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) about 12 years ago

Great pictures C.  I looks like everyone had fun that day.

Posted by Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi, Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) about 12 years ago

Morning C,

Great photos. I especially love the sunset! Glad you had a nice time. You sure know how to make the most of life. Good for you!

Posted by Harold "Hal" Place (A1 Connection Realty, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Kathy, I will definitely be coming for another visit and very soon. I'm glad you like the way the pictures came out.  I was pleasantly surprised when I finally did  download them from my camera. Sometimes that little viewfinder doesn't truly reflect what you've got until they are enlarged. I'm with you on those damn birds. I could not catch one single gull. Remarkable. I have better luck catching the Minion Blur escaping than a L.I. gull. Who would have thought that was possible? (LMAO) I must be getting really old. My reflexes are off (LOL). I need a gym membership. Seriously! :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Mike, we had a wonderful visit. I'm glad you enjoyed the eye candy! :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Thank you, Paddy. Yes indeedy, we did! :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Morning Hal, thank you for the compliment. I'm taking a page out of my Dad's book - he has fun every single day, so I'm trying to make it my business to stop long enough to enjoy something. Sometimes just the anticipation of doing something special, or going somewhere I've never been before, has a very pleasant effect on my outlook and emotions. It's fun planning play dates for the little minions. They are always surprised by seeing new things and their little minds start working in overdrive when they attempt to take it all in. Stephen's instructors have noticed that he is very observant and more attentive. Six months ago he wasn't making eye contact with people. Now, he grabs you by the head and wrings your neck to make you look at him and he stares you down while giggling and talking gibberish. Once in a while he throws a phrase at you and we all start clapping and celebrating the fact that he actually spoke in English (LOL). Little Dude is coming along nicely with his speech sessions but has a long way to go. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

C, I love your analogy to a sunset being God's painting - what a beautiful way to look at it!

Posted by Lisa Friedman, Central New Jersey Real Estate (Alliance Realtors) about 12 years ago

Carolyn, It is SOO EARLY for crying this morning!  I love love love your pictures, especially the one with your son (is that right, he's your son?) in it.  They really touch my heart this morning.  Thank you so much for sharing. 



Posted by Gina Teague, (817)602-0985 Realtor, Grapevine, Colleyville, Sou (eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Gina, I am very happy you enjoyed the pictures. That is my six year old son Noah in the last frame. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Beautiful.  Looking at God's perfect artwork is a wonderful way to end the day. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Posted by Becky Cook, Ulster County, NY- New Paltz, Highland, Marlboro, NY Real Estate (EXIT Realty Services- New Paltz, NY) about 12 years ago

Becky, you are very welcome. Looking forward to sharing many more... Love, C. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Carolyn: Great photos, I love sunsets. My husband is an early riser and tired to get me into sunrises but they are not my thing. The children are precious!!!....Kelly

Posted by Kelly Willey, Short Sale Agent - Harford County Maryland Real Estate (Long and Foster BEL AIR MARYLAND) about 12 years ago

Thank you, Kelly. My cutie pies are quite a handful. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Beautiful Photos! Makes me want to travel! Love the boats and the water...I live in the Brazos Valley  no eye candy like that around here. I don't think my kiddos have ever seen sea gulls. ;)

Posted by Raylene Lewis (Century 21 Beal, Inc.) about 12 years ago

CTS- I am always amazed at the number of things you pack into your day.  Your suitcase must be huge.  Impressive pictures - for sure.  Looks like you and Kathy had a great time.  Must have been nice to finally see each other FACE to FACE.  You should get in front of the camera sometime, eh?  KM

Posted by Kristin Moran, San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397 (Owner - RE/MAX Access - KristinMoran@Remax.net) about 12 years ago

Raylene, you have eye candy all around you. Don't leave home without your camera and start looking at your surrounding as if they were a painting you would love to see painted, then paint with your digital camera.

Eye candy is a very personal thing. It's what is beautiful to you. I love getting to see the world through other peoples eyes. It may take you a while to develop your photographer's eye, but we all have one. We all know that exact moment we think something is beautiful. It is an intangible feeling only the person experiencing it can recognize. If you are lucky enough to capture that moment in time, then you've done what you set out to do and your mind will always be positively triggered by the visuals that cue the memory.

Go on, try it... you will never look at life the same way again. You will start to see how wonderful textures and colors can be in the most simple of things. Still life, landscape, seascape, cityscape. A flower in your own backyard... It can be anything you find interesting that you want to share. I bet if you laid in the grass on a particularly cloudy day and did nothing but shoot the clouds at sunset you'd make beautiful eye candy with your camera for the rest of us to share... :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Kristin, I promise I will set the camera on timer one of these days. I love being behind the camera and am a lot like Kathy when it comes to avoiding being in the photograph. I always want to be the one taking the pictures. I'm glad you enjoyed the eye candy. We had a great time and I am looking forward to our next get together. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

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