There is nothing quite like capturing that perfect sunset. You’ve been sitting there waiting for the color to become just a little more vivid before you hit the shutter release.  Then finally the moment comes when the sky is full of color as the sun begins to shrink out of sight.

Capturing that exact moment is an art form and while I am yet to master it, I have a lot of fun trying!

Even when I am without my camera I love nothing more than watching the sun set over the horizon.  I have been fortunate to see the sun set in many cities, over mountains, over the oceans and everything in between.  The colors that can be produced from a sunset, or sunrise, can be breathtaking.  Its nature at its best.

My friend Emma from GottaKeepMovin.com feels exactly the same way which is why we have collaborated to bring you our top 20 beautiful sunset & sunrise  images taken from all over the world.

 

North America

Another beautiful night in Florida. This time we are on the beach in the beautiful area of Naples

Another beautiful night in Florida. This time we are on the beach in the beautiful area of Naples (Suitcase Stories).

 

The tiny town of Robert's Creek in British Columbia, Canada, has a little pier and beach, perfect for watching the sunset.

The tiny town of Robert’s Creek in British Columbia, Canada, has a little pier and beach, perfect for watching the sunset  (Gotta Keep Movin’).

 

Sunsetting at Clearwater Beach with a silhouette of a boat

Sunsetting at Clearwater Beach with a silhouette of a boat (Suitcase Stories)

 

This sunset in Seattle bathed the docks and mountains beyond in golden rays.

This sunset in Seattle bathed the docks and mountains beyond in golden rays (Gotta Keep Movin’).

 

So we spend a lot of time in Florida! This is another shot at Clearwater Beach during our stay there last year

So we spend a lot of time in Florida! This is another shot at Clearwater Beach during our stay there last year (Suitcase Stories)

 

Not only do the orange and yellow colours in the sunset here in Seattle make a good picture, but the blue (almost) cloudless sky merges in beautifully as well.

Not only do the orange and yellow colors in the sunset here in Seattle make a good picture, but the blue (almost) cloudless sky merges in beautifully as well (Gotta Keep Movin’).

 

We spent a week at Siesta Keys in Florida and this is what we witnessed most nights while we sat on the beach watching the sun go down.

We spent a week at Siesta Keys in Florida and this is what we witnessed most nights while we sat on the beach watching the sun go down (Suitcase Stories).

 

This is one of my favorite sunsets.  It was taken in Venice Beach, California. The colors were amazing, like someone had photoshopped the horizon.

This is one of my favorite sunsets. It was taken in Venice Beach, California. The colors were amazing, like someone had photoshopped the horizon (Suitcase Stories).

 

The fields and mountains in Abbotsford, British Columbia turned a bright orange when the sun was setting

The fields and mountains in Abbotsford, British Columbia turned a bright orange when the sun was setting (Gotta Keep Movin’)

Eastern Europe

These old castle ruins made a perfect frame for the setting sun, just outside of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina

These old castle ruins made a perfect frame for the setting sun, just outside of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Gotta Keep Movin’)

 

This photo was taken out a bus window somewhere between Dubrovnik in Croatia and Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I love the colour and the hay bales in the fields

This photo was taken out a bus window somewhere between Dubrovnik in Croatia and Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I love the colour and the hay bales in the fields (Gotta Keep Movin’)

 

I was on a night train to Split in Croatia and just about woke up to see this incredible sunrise over these fields. So I took a photo and promptly went back to sleep!

I was on a night train to Split in Croatia and just about woke up to see this incredible sunrise over these fields. So I took a photo and promptly went back to sleep! (Gotta Keep Movin’)

Central America

This is the view we have most nights from our house sit in Costa Rica! This is right outside our back door, over looking the forest and valley out to the ocean. Needles to say, we don't want to leave here!

This is the view we have most nights from our house sit in Costa Rica! This is right outside our back door, over looking the forest and valley out to the ocean. Needles to say, we don’t want to leave here! (Suitcase Stories)

 

Mexico was our friend when it came to good sunset shots.  Here is another, this time in Playa del Carmen.

Mexico was our friend when it came to good sunset shots. Here is another, this time in Playa del Carmen (Suitcase Stories).

 

This shot was from the first night we were in Cancun Mexico.  Not a bad way to start our month in Riviera Maya.

This shot was from the first night we were in Cancun Mexico. Not a bad way to start our month in Riviera Maya (Suitcase Stories).

 

We stayed at a condo complex while we were in Cancun Mexico.  You could see the beach from our back door, it was the perfect location. So we got great shots like this one during our 10 days there.

We stayed at a condo complex while we were in Cancun Mexico. You could see the beach from our back door, it was the perfect location. So we got great shots like this one during our 10 days there (Suitcase Stories).

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Asia

In 2010 we celebrated Christmas in Phuket Thailand. This is a shot from our resort on Christmas night

In 2010 we celebrated Christmas in Phuket Thailand. This is a shot from our resort on Christmas night (Suitcase Stories).

South America

The sunset in the Atacama Desert in Chile is phenomenal, and our trekking group got to the top of this hill to witness it

The sunset in the Atacama Desert in Chile is phenomenal, and our trekking group got to the top of this hill to witness it (Gotta Keep Movin’)

 

Not only was the view of the sunrise amazing, but the colour it turned the hills behind us was gorgeous, and the addition of this rainbow was very welcome!

Not only was the view of the sunrise amazing, but the color it turned the hills behind us was gorgeous, and the addition of this rainbow was very welcome (Gotta Keep Movin’)!

 

We arrived at Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia just as the sun was rising and making it through the clouds. The perfect reflection of the sky on the water covering the salt flats is to this day one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.

We arrived at Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia just as the sun was rising and making it through the clouds. The perfect reflection of the sky on the water covering the salt flats is to this day one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen (Gotta Keep Movin’).

 

Emma Higgins has been writing and traveling on and off since 2009. Her blog, Gotta Keep Movin is full of stories and advice from her trips, which include Europe, India, Morocco, South America, the USA and Canada. Her main focuses are budget travel and volunteering, and she has been involved in sustainable farming in Argentina, animal shelters in Peru, and even tried her hand at making goats cheese in British Columbia. Follow her travels on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest

 

Where have you seen the best sunset or sunrise?

 

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