Tag Archives: sunset

Focus: It’s Another Fair Haven Dock Sunset

Yes, it’s been done many times … Sunset photos at the Fair Haven Dock.

But no two sunsets are ever the exact same. And no feeling each time you stand there, stroll down the dock or on the beach and take it all in is exactly the same.

From one perspective at least, tonight’s setting was about color, clouds and content chatter among fishermen.

Good night, Fair Haven …

— Elaine Van Develde

(Don’t forget to click to enlarge!)

Focus: Sunset Ride on the River

Sometimes all you need is a little boat, a lot of heart and some solace in a river ride at sunset. That’s what it was all about for at least one lone kayaker on Monday night … and likely many before and after.

The sky was colorful and the scene was a serene one at the River Rats boat launch in Fair Haven. It’s a picture that countless native Rumson and Fair Havenites have been in. It’s worth more than a thousand words but needs very few.

Take a look and transport back to your last river ride …

— Elaine Van Develde

Scene Around: Rowing the Boat Ashore at Sunset

It’s sunset at the riverfront in Fair Haven. A sea of anchored sailboats cast a shadow on the Navesink River at low tide. The sound of the river lapping onto the shore is rhythmic, soothing. The site of a solitary row ashore is a sign that it’s time to take it all in and exhale a content sigh that this is home.

See for yourself …

— Elaine Van Develde

Focus: Day is Done in Rumson

Yes, it’s just another Rumson sunset.

With the weather leaping from spring to summer sort of temperatures, lots of people flocked to Barnacle Bill’s for dinner on Wednesday night. Though, that’s not so unusual.

Another thing that’s not so unusual is the pristine view of the sunset over the Navesink River. It just doesn’t get old.

So, why not grab a couple of glimpses as the ball of fire retreats below the horizon? Why not, indeed.

Good night …

Take a look at the rapid progression  … (And don’t forget to click to enlarge!)

— Elaine Van Develde

Focus: Fiery Sunset Over a Rumson Island

“Don’t you make me pull this car over, Sun!”

Well, it made me and quite a few others do it. It was a traffic stopper again — the sunset from the Eventide docks in Sea Bright overlooking Rumson on Friday night.

And, to coin the singular of another saying, the exclamation for the traffic stopper could be summed up as one “great ball of fire!”

As the biblical origination of the phrase indicates, implying the presence of God (nature, or whatever being one believes in) as fire, it could also haven been seen as a religious environmental experience.

Blazing and ducking very quickly behind Gunning Island in Rumson, the sight of the sunset was blindingly beautiful — again.

Take a look …

— Elaine Van Develde


Scene Around: Fiery Sea Bright Sunset

It was a sizzling orange ball of fire — a good night beacon ducking down below Gunning Island. The sunset in Sea Bright on Saturday called out to people like a Siren.

They pulled over into at Eventide’s  parking lot to catch a glimpse with the lens as the ball of fire bid goodnight and ducked behind the island, melting into the Shrewsbury River.

Take a look …

— Elaine Van Develde


Simple Summer: Crabbing & Catching a Sunset

It doesn’t get much more simple in the summer than hanging a cage filled with raw chicken bait over the side of the Fair Haven Dock, netting crabs and catching a prime sunset view in the mix.

That’s what this Simple Summer photo gallery is all about.

Sometimes, too, you run into a small business owner everyone in the area knows. Anyone know who this is pictured crabbing a few days ago?

Hint: He’s known for putting people in stitches.

— Elaine Van Develde

Daily Reflection: Weather, Tides, Moon

Well, it’s Monday and the weather outside is still a bit temperamental and unpredictable.

Today, though, the National Weather Service says there’s still a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5 p.m., with heavy rains and temperatures near the high 80s.

Tonight, those scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue, the Weather Service says, with the chance of precipitation lowering to 40 percent.

Tuesday morning brings a chance of rain down to 20 percent with a forecast of partly sunny skies and a high temperature of 78 degrees.

Tides in Sea Bright …

Today, the sun rose in Sea Bright at 5:55 a.m. Sunset will come at 8:10 p.m. The next low tide will be at 2:28 p.m. with the next high tide at 8:49 p.m., according to tides4fishing.com.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, the sun will rise at 5:56 a.m. and sunset will be at 8:09 p.m.. The first low tide will be at 3:17 a.m. with the next at 3:20 p.m. The first high tide will be at 9:20 a.m. and the next at 9:37 p.m.

Interesting sun and moon tidbits, from tides4fishing.com

Today will bring 14 hours and 13 minutes of sun with the solar transit at 1:02 p.m.

Tomorrow will bring 14 hours and 15 minutes of sun with the solar transit at 1:02 pm.

The lunar phase for today and tomorrow is a waning crescent.

Today, the moon rose in the northeast at 4:38 a.m.. It will set in the northwest at 7:12 p.m..

On Tuesday, the moon will rise in the northeast at 5:39 a.m. and will set in the west at 7:56 p.m..

The lunar transit, when the moon crosses the local meridian, will be 12:47 p.m. tomorrow.



Retro Rumson Sky After the Rain

A retro look at Rumson and Gunning Island in the Shrewsbury River at sunset after a rainfall  a couple of years ago Photo/Elaine Van Develde
A retro look at Rumson and Gunning Island in the Shrewsbury River at sunset after a rainfall a couple of years ago
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

It’s been a bit dreary and rainy today.

So, to show everyone how the skies can brighten so quickly after the rain, the Retro Pic of the Day shows a sunset over the Shrewsbury River looking toward Rumson and Gunning Island after rainy weather two years ago.

Gunning Island is owned by the borough of Rumson. It is roughly 30 acres and is earmarked as preserved open space/ecosystem to never be developed.

A Post-Sandy Sunset in Rumson

Sunset in Rumson's West Park after Sandy. Photo/Elaine Van Develde
Sunset in Rumson’s West Park after Sandy. Photo/Elaine Van Develde

By Elaine Van Develde

Hurricane Sandy’s waters rushed into Rumson’s West Park section, pushing residents out and leaving lots of devastation behind.

The U.S. Army National Guard’s soldiers were posted at its entrances. There was no passing through for some time.

When the downed wires and felled trees were fixed enough and the floodwaters had subsided, there was a sense of calm, yet eerie stillness in the neighborhood.

This is what it looked like at sunset at the foot of Washington Avenue by the Shrewsbury River’s inlet.