William Honor snapped this stunning photo of Stony Brook Harbor at sunset on Jan. 30. Did you know that sunsets are actually more vivid in the winter? It’s all science! The Earth spins closer to the sun in winter, and the angle the sun takes setting makes sunset colors last a bit longer. Humidity is also lower in the winter, and the air is cleaner, causing purer colors to be splashed across the sky.
Elisa Hendrey of Sound Beach submitted this gorgeous photo taken at the end of July. She writes, ‘Cars were pulling up along the shore of Mt. Sinai Harbor to take photos or simply gaze at what seems to have been one of the most stunning sunsets this summer. I had seen clouds earlier in the day and made a mental note that they might become part of a special sight as the sun went down.
Joseph Rotondi of Setauket snapped this beautiful sunset at Stony Brook harbor on Dec. 10. He writes, ‘I was amazed at the double image of the setting sun.The fact that it was only 4:15 p.m. was a startling reminder of the impending Winter solstice.’
Dawn Olenick of Baiting Hollow captured this amazing photo on Feb. 6 in Port Jefferson. She writes, ‘Just made it down to Port for the sunset. It was awesome weather and this [horizon] just kickstarted the weekend for me. Mother Nature sets the stage and I just snap it!