The Beaufort sunset snobs know better – ours are best


Oh, you know who you are!

Your friends and family members will post their stunning pictures on Facebook of gorgeous sunsets in their cities or on their vacations, and you post your obligatory “Like” on their page, only to be thinking, “Your sunsets will never compare to the sunsets we have here in Beaufort.”

Yes, we are sunset snobs, because no matter where we go, there is nothing like watching the sun set in our area, especially on those nights when it looks like the sky has been set on fire.

There is something magical as you watch the reflection on the water. It doubles the size of the sky and makes the sunset even more beautiful.

My husband and I have traveled all over the United States in our RV. We have seen sensational sunsets in Sedona where the red rocks glimmer as the sun goes down. We watched the sun set out in the desert of New Mexico and on Lake Champlain in Vermont. Yes, they are all very spectacular.

But Beaufort sunsets are so unique. There is something special about sitting on the swings at Waterfront Park and waiting for the sun to go down. You can see people in their boats, with music playing, in anticipation of the show.

There are visitors sitting at the Anchorage Inn or walking along the Woods Memorial Bridge waiting for the right photo opportunity. I love seeing the photos that Bob Sofaly of The Island News captures at those moments. Certainly, better than any of the shots on our phones.

I once had a business trip to Hawaii and did a catamaran dinner cruise. We watched the sunset over Molokai, and I was blown away with the colors and the silhouette of the island. It was spectacular.

I have been on cruise ships where you watch the sun drop below the horizon and witness the infamous green flash. It is fascinating. But how can that compare with the artist drawing on our sky.

There are some evenings when the Beaufort sky glows with oranges, reds, purples, and a range of other colors that change before your eyes. The humidity, storms, and building clouds add dimensions to the event.

Add the live oaks reflected in the water with their moss draping, and you become mesmerized. Then there are the marshes that appear to change colors as the sun gets lower and the creeks and ponds between the grasses glow.

Oh, I am sure there are people who might disagree with me. They will continue to post their sunsets and brag about the setting sun.

But we Beaufort sunset snobs know better.

We have the best sunsets.

Lee Scott, award winning humor writer takes her “Walter Mitty” like persona and spins tales around everyday life. She enjoys boating, reading, and meeting people. Scott lives in Beaufort with her husband, JD, along with their dog Brandy. You can reach her at Lasshood@aol.com.

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