Midwest Sunsets

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I've always found the sky interesting to look at -- how different it looks in different seasons, in different climates, at different times of day, or even just at different angles, how the clouds and the sunset seem to look different from state to state -- it changes from coastal Rhode Island, to New York City, to suburban New Jersey, to southern Mississippi. I discovered that Midwest sunsets are especially spectacular when we visited recently (see my posts on Chicago, Minneapolis, and Saint Paul, also here).

I snapped these photos at Montrose Harbor and am kicking myself for not filming for a bit. For all the boats, birds, fishers, and fellow sunset viewers, it was a fairly quiet scene; I wish I had footage of the water lapping, the slight breeze, the boats sailing by as the birds soared above them.

Midwest Sunsets | affecionada
Midwest Sunsets | affecionada

One of the most interesting things about the sky is how the same spot of sky can look so different. How blue it is on the left and how pink it is on the right:

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Midwest Sunsets | affecionada

And here:

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Then how purple it is here:

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The sky offers so many perspectives that it's difficult to view it without shifting your own. As the sun starts to set on my summer (see what I did there? ;-), I'm reminding myself to be mindful of the goals I've accomplished, the plans that remain, and those to come.

I completed my third to last course of my Master's program -- Social Issues in Education -- and although it was difficult to spend a chunk of my summer reading academic publications and discussing and writing about heavy topics, especially in light of recent events, I gained so much insight and perspective that the course has become a keystone of my career.

I've biked a bit this summer and built my endurance. There are monstrous inclines in downtown Providence and into our neighborhood that I am now able to bike more easily.

We explored parts of Rhode Island -- The Elms in Newport (outfit post here), the Green Animals Topiary Garden (outfit post here), the farmers market where I discovered my now favorite cold-pressed juice, and Watch Hill where we spent our beach day. We also explored parts of Boston and Connecticut.

In progress: I missed the roses and sunflowers in Connecticut, so those will have to wait until next summer. Maine was substituted by Chicago and the Twin Cities, but I'm excited to head up there when the weather turns crisp -- potential birthday trip? My parents are in town this weekend which means sightseeing, good food, and my first time canoeing! Hoping to squeeze in at least one more beach day and a trip to Block Island before I'm back to work.

How are your summer plans/goals going? x

life, travelJen