Sunset at Wychmere Harbor

Few things can stop us in our tracks like a splendid sunset
The winter sun setting over Wychmere Harbor in Harwich. Photo by John Fitts.

"The sacred lamp of day; Now dipt in western clouds his parting day." - William Falconer, The Shipwreck

One night last week, before the Cape was blanketed with snow, the only colors at Wychmere Harbor in Harwich were black and blazing orange.

Sunsets aren't exactly uncommon--yet there are few things that stop us mere mortals in our tracks.

They can be beautiful anywhere, but they are just that much more special on Cape Cod, where folks are known to detour from their daily routine to catch one at the water's edge.

As I snapped this photo of the sun's evening descent, I was no doubt in the company of many other Cape Codders who had pulled over to share the view at Mayflower Beach in Dennis, Rock Harbor in Orleans or on Cape Cod Bay in Provincetown.

See a larger view below.


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