Two days ago, I wandered through Black Rock Beach in Nahant. Black Rock Beach features a small walkway area just a few steps away from Tides restaurant. This smaller, quainter beach is great for wandering away from the noise within the area. It stretches for miles from the end of Nahant Beach all the way to Nahant Short Beach.
The day was waning and the weather was becoming cooler. I sat on the cool sand to watch the sun setting between the buildings. Colors were slowly fading, with the sun casting silhouette figures. Noise was quieting down and more people were roaming by to catch this magnificent event happening before them.
As the water was slowly rippling towards the surface, I noticed this small beam of light coming up front. I looked slowly up to the base of the line to find that big glowing sun right in front of my eyes. The sun dominated my view, with silhouetted buildings slowly fading. That ball of sun was the only thing I was fixated on.
A few minutes later and things turned even MORE miraculous. As the sun was plunging deeper into the depths of the earth, a tall ray of light was shooting upwards into the sky. What used to become the base of a line has now become a middle intersection between two infinite lines. One ball of sun casting two rays of light away from each other.
It wasn’t just another beautiful sunset I was witnessing; I was viewing light’s reflection bouncing off upon the air and water. The light itself generated the colors I see before me and that very same light mirrors off of the atmosphere and the water. As the sun’s colors was slowly disintegrating, its bright orange color was mirroring off of the clear blue water and sky-blue atmosphere. These clear blue hues make perfect backdrops for watching nature’s most extraordinary masterpieces.
But what if the colors were different? What if our atmosphere and water were painted with hues of green or red? Would it make viewing sunsets much more astounding? Or would shifting the traditional colors become so catastrophic that it alters our biological system?
You see that the sky is naturally blue and that the ocean is covered in hues of light green, yet you never stop to wonder why that is. It isn’t something you learn in school or what someone tells you because you see it yourself. This is one of those miraculous discoveries you learn in life. One of the steps in obtaining this kind of knowledge is going deeper down the rabbit hole in figuring out how light is reflected around the earth. The real fun begins once you ponder about what would happen in certain scenarios.
Viewing this perfect sunset made me think about the importance of light in nature. Light is reflecting all across the earth, with hues of lighter colors as the day goes on. Sunset becomes twilight before heading into dawn and dusk. Four separate stages of sunset where a myriad of colors bounce back into the water and atmosphere.
I thought it was truly amazing how much color stretches across the sky during the last few minutes of sunlight. You never know how much you take this scientific information for granted until you experience these events firsthand.
If you want to know anything about color, simply step out into your backyard and watch the sky during the sunset.