Fall arrives in West Seattle: Equinox sunset scenes

Thanks to David Hutchinson for that photo emphasizing the amazing fiery colors of tonight’s sunset, just moments before fall officially arrived at 7:06 pm our time. Here’s a photo from Marty, taken from his Alki-area deck:

(Added at 9 pm – a sunset Twitpic from @niktrain.) And Kevin McClintic was among the 30-plus people who turned up at Solstice Park (east of Lincoln Park) for an astronomy-appreciation gathering in honor of the occasion – at left in the purple, it’s Alice Enevoldsen, who issued the invitation and brought her telescopes:

When we left the park a while ago, Alice had taken a group of stargazers over to have a look at Jupiter, after everyone admired the crescent moon.

10 Replies to "Fall arrives in West Seattle: Equinox sunset scenes"

  • Mick September 22, 2009 (8:23 pm)

    Great sunset pics. Any idea where the smoke is coming from that made the sunset so red tonight?

  • Ms Pam September 22, 2009 (8:48 pm)

    Nothing more beautiful than a West Seattle fall sunset! No need to go anywhere else in the world. Thanks for sharing these great shots…

  • CMP September 22, 2009 (8:57 pm)

    It was an amazing sunset tonight. I wish I had been down at Alki to take a picture around 7:30 because it was incredible.

  • Alice September 22, 2009 (8:59 pm)

    That was so much fun! Thanks for coming everyone – who’s up for winter solstice? Don’t forget your gloves and hats though!

  • marty September 22, 2009 (9:01 pm)

    The smoke usually comes from logging slash burning on Vancouver B.C.

  • WSB September 22, 2009 (9:04 pm)

    Mick, I’ve been trying to figure that out and so far nothing’s coming up. This is a great site for such things
    http://www.inciweb.org/
    but there are no fires listed off in that direction – unless it’s something from BC – hmm, not really anything new here:
    http://bcwildfire.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/Fires.asp?Mode=normal&AllFires=0&FC=2

  • d September 22, 2009 (9:16 pm)

    Stunning sunset and thanks for sharing your shots everyone. At 7:00, I was heading west on Morgan off 35th. I HAD to pullover to at least try to get a lame phone shot on the crest of the hill. There were four other cars pulled over down the hill ahead of me – all the drivers with phone cameras taking pictures! Thanks again for those amazing pics.

  • Catherine September 22, 2009 (11:04 pm)

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  • swimcat September 23, 2009 (8:32 am)

    Great photo! It was a beautiful sunset- even after it had set, the horizon looked amazing until 8:00 or so.

  • JayDee September 23, 2009 (10:52 am)

    With southerly flow aloft, look to the south. Remember, it has been even warmer in Oregon, and the source of our smoke is clear:

    http://www.atmos.washington.edu/cgi-bin/latest.cgi?vis_enhanced

    Also, if you peer overhead, you’ll notice the smoke.

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