Blue Mornings, Rosy Evenings

I’ve only been in Oregon for a few days, but I’ve enjoyed noticing the things that are different from the East Coast. One such thing is the difference in sunrises and sunsets.

In the mornings, instead of being woken by bright clear sunshine through my window, I’m eased out of sleep by cool blue light. The sun does not rise over the ocean; instead, it moves across the continental United States. As it makes its way to Oregon, the light is blocked a little by the Cascade Mountains and the Coast Range. It has also been overcast every morning that I’ve been here. Hence, subdued morning light:

Blue mornings. But as the sun moves around over the Pacific, that morning moisture is burned off. By late afternoon, the light on the trees is warm and orange. The sunset over the ocean is just rosy.

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