For the past week, the weather had been cold and clear. Tonight a front was moving in, which meant there would be a few clouds to add some interest for the evening winter sunset (at least according to my photography apps).
After checking the azimuth of the sun for this winter day, it looked like the sunset would be fully visible from Bowman Bay at Deception Pass State Park, Washington.
We arrived on the shoreline of Bowman Bay about a half-hour before sunset (my daughter decided to tag along on my trip to shoot the sunset). Since it was a free access day (plus a sunny Sunday evening on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend), there were quite a few people enjoying the beautiful state park.
After I chose my location along the beach to photograph the sunset, I wandered over to a historic Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) shelter and captured an image of the warm winter sunshine nicely lighting up the shelter.
Back on the beach, I set up my camera to capture the setting sun over Bowman Bay and Deception Island with the Olympic Mountains far in the distance. There was a band of clouds on the horizon that added some interest to the photos.
As the evening progressed, a lone kayaker emerged into the bay and was part of my selected landscape photography compositions.
My favorite photographs of the night was taken after the sun had dropped below the horizon. Sometimes I get lucky and have a clear photo of the sun as it sets, but not tonight. Instead, the sun provided a nice glow above the horizon due to the clouds.