Sunsets 2015 – 2021

Sunset of Burnet Bay after the first cool weather of the fall – Oct 17, 2021


Sunset on Burnet Bay, August 25, 2021


Young heron watching the sunset on Burnet Bay – August 13, 2021


Raining “on” the sunset on Burnet Bay – August 12, 2021.  In an otherwise clear sky, there was a large rain cloud to the west pouring rain just right of the center of the photo with the sun setting behind….



Sunset on Burnet Bay, August 6, 2021


Sunset on Burnet Bay after the rain, May 16, 2021


Brown Pelican heading home at sunset on Burnet Bay – May 7, 2021


Sunset on Burnet Bay on April 18, 2021. I am posting this sunset from a few days ago – I was busy finishing and loading up my wildflower photos so it had to wait. 

Three photos of the Sunset on Burnet Bay on March 28, 2021.  I captured 8 nice photos of the sunset on the glassy water surface of Burnet Bay after the rain passed through. It was hard to decide which few to post on my blog….  



Simple sunset on Burnet Bay, February 19, 2021, after the big freeze…


Sunset on Burnet Bay, January 27, 2021. Cool front cleared the gray skies and provided the bands of high clouds for this sunset. The tiny rectangles on the right horizon is the city of Houston skyline. 



Sunset on Burnet Bay January 22, 2021 – I took this photo with the slightly choppy water on the bay as the sun was setting above the Sam Houston Toll Road Ship Channel  bridge and thought that was it for the night.  Glanced up another 40 minutes later to see the water surface was calm with a nice reflection for the photo below. Amazing how quickly things can change.

Burnet Bay sunset, same day 40 minutes later (January 22, 2021)



Christmas day sunset on a calm Burnet Bay.  Happy holidays!


Sunset on Burnet Bay as a cold front rolls in, Dec 13, 2020.


Sunset on Burnet Bay with Battleship Texas conning tower and Beltway 8 Bridge – Nov 22, 2020


Sunset in Lajitas, TX on Nov 9th 2020 after a small cool front blew through.  Tomorrow we hike in Big Bend National Park.


Sunset on Burnet Bay, Oct 12, 2020.  The skyline of Houston is on the far right horizon. On September 27th, the sun set just to the right of the Houston skyline (see 3rd photo below). In the fall and spring the sunset visually moves quite a bit across the horizon. (Photo with 300mm lens and leaning against a tree – not enough time to get a tripod)


Sunset on the San Jacinto Monument across Burnet Bay with the outer cloud bands of Hurricane Delta – Oct 9, 2020


Eight Brown Pelicans heading south on Burnet Bay at sunset.  These Pelicans are conserving energy by gliding just above the surface of the water using the built up cushion of air between their wings and the water surface for additional lift. This phenomenon is called the ground effect.  The US military spent much time and money attempting to do this with aircraft but found at high speed this close to the water, it was not practical to control the aircraft and keep from dipping a wing into the water and crashing . The pelicans also fly in a line – less air resistance for the ones behind the lead – they take turns being in the lead allowing the lead bird to drop back and rest.  Can you find the dragonfly that found its way into the photo?


The sun setting next to the Houston skyline across Burnet Bay – Sept 27, 2020.  Tomorrow, conditions permitting, the view of the sun’s position at at my location at sunset will be directly behind the buildings of downtown Houston – happens once in the fall and once in the spring each year.  (photo with 300mm lens)


Sunset on Burnet Bay, August 26, 2020 – Outer rainbands of Hurricane Laura (on the “dry” side)


Sunset on Burnet Bay, Aug 25, 2020 – “The calm before the storm” (Hurricane Laura expected to arrive on the gulf coast in about a day)


Sun about to set on Burnet Bay, August 4, 2020


Two views of the Sunset on Burnet Bay, August 1, 2020: Young Heron on a piling and the layers of clouds


Sunset on Burnet Bay, July 24, 2020 – Outer storm clouds from Tropical Storm Hanna


July 18, 2020 – Sunset clouds over Burnet Bay looking south – The sunset toward the west was not that interesting but to the south there was this vertical arrangement of clouds colored by the setting sun. Did you see the heron perched on the piling in the lower middle of the photo?


Two photos of tonight’s sunset on Burnet Bay – May 29, 2020



Burnet Bay sunset , May 17, 2020



Brown Pelicans heading home across Burnet Bay at Sunset, May 16, 2020



Three photos of the April 25, 2020 sunset:

The sun was going down while thunderstorms passed through. This shot is 20 minutes before sunset and the sun rays were penetrating the clouds.


The sun peaks below the clouds


Five brown pelicans heading home as the sun sets behind Burnet Bay


Three phases of the same sunset – Burnet Bay on April 10, 2020



Sunset on Burnet Bay with hole in the clouds, March 7, 2020


Sunset on Burnet Bay, Feb 24, 2020


Houston Skyline with two pelicans on the water at sunset on Burnet Bay, Feb 24, 2020


Great sunset on Burnet Bay, December 4, 2019



Burnet Bay after rainstorm Sept 16, 2019




August 8, 2019 Sunset on Burnet Bay


August 8, 2019 Sunset on Burnet Bay – later on


Two photos of the August 8, 2019 sunset on Burnet Bay at different times





Sunset over Burnet Bay, June 6, 2019 – Nice sunset following a bit of rain with choppy water from the wind.





New Years Eve Sunset over Burnet Bay, Dec 31, 2018 – after a dreary day, we were rewarded with this brilliant sunset to end the year. IMG_86013


Sunset on Burnet Bay, Nov 25, 2018 – Red sky in the west – You can see the skyline of Houston on the horizon


Sunset on Burnet Bay – Nov 4, 2018 – Pelicans flying just above the water during sunset.


Sunset on Burnet Bay – July 5, 2018 – Another great sunset the day after  – IMG_81761.jpg


Sunset on Burnet Bay – July 4, 2018 – Great sunset after 2 inches of rain – Nature’s fireworks for the 4th!  – IMG_81732.jpg

Sunset on Burnet Bay – July 4, 2018  –  second photo of same sunset – IMG_81735.jpg


Lenticular Cloud in Queenstown, New Zealand, Jan 24, 2018

The flying saucer shaped Lenticular clouds are formed by the swirling eddies created by the wind passing by the mountains. This photo was taken in Queenstown looking over a portion of Lake Wakatipu


Sunset Christmas Eve, Dec 24, 2017



White Pelicans and Sunset on Burnet Bay, June 20, 2017

A small flock of white pelicans lifting off Burnet Bay at sunset – Img 65190


Sunset on Burnet Bay, June 5, 2017

After rain today this sunset presented itself – Img 65036


Houston Skyline – Burnet Bay Sunset, March 12, 2017

The sun dropped behind the city of Houston as seen across Burnet Bay -Img 62575


Sunset on Burnet Bay, Feb 7, 2017

Calm water on the bay provided a nice reflection of the sunset. Shot this image before heading off to photoclub – Img 62450


Sunset on Burnet Bay, Jan 26, 2017

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Burnet Bay Sunset – Oct 9, 2016

Nice sunset after our first day of the cool, dry air of fall – IMG_61506a.jpg


Sunset on Burnet Bay, Sept 23, 2016

Tonight’s sunset after the rain was quite beautiful – Img 61495


Sunset on Burnet Bay, June 29, 2016

Nice sunset on Burnet Bay after a rain – Img 58739


Sunset on Burnet Bay, June 26, 2016

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Kings Canyon Sunset – June 2, 2016

The sunset photo was taken from Montecito Sequoia Lodge – Img 58567 Monteceto Sequoia


Montecito Lake Sunset – Sequoia – May 31, 3016

Img 58268 Montecito Sequoia


Montecito Lake Sunset – June 2, 2016

Img 58587 Montecito Sequoia


Sunset on Burnet Bay, Dec 23, 2015

Sunset on Burnet Bay – IMG_52534


Burnet Bay Sunset, Dec 2, 2015

The cloudy sky finally began to clear and provide this sunset over Burnet Bay – Img 52449


Sunset on Burnet Bay, Nov 1, 2015

After 7 inches of rain, the sky clear a bit on Sunday evening to provide a welcomed sunset – Img 52423


Karin and Cat Enjoying Burnet Bay Sunset – June 28, 2015



Sunrise in Bayown, Mar 17, 2015  (not sunset…)

Sunrise this morning in Baytown – sometimes I get up early…. – Img 46820


Burnet Bay – Jan 4, 2015

Burnet Bay Sunset after multiple days of overcast skies. The structures on the horizon left of the middle are the skyscrapers of Houston – Img 44854


Links to more Sunsets:

Sunsets & Sunrises 2011 – 2014


Categories: Sunsets


  1. Wow! That’s a print! (“Burnet Bay – Jan 4, 2015” photo)

  2. Great picture. I rushed outside with my Nikon to take a photo of same sunset only to realize my battery was kaput! (“Burnet Bay – Jan 4, 2015” photo)

  3. Beautiful!

    Thanks for sharing. (“Sunrise in Baytown< Mar 17, 2015" photo) Martha

  4. The sunset is beautiful, but the kitty takes the prize! (“Karin and Cat Enjoying Burnet Bay Sunset – June 28, 2015” photo)

  5. I am speechless. what a wonder. thank you randy!

  6. Beauitful photo.

  7. I hope you are printing these! Make a book of your sunsets would be a great coffee table book as a gift!

  8. Really nice image, Randy. You don’t see the bay so glassy very often. (“Sunset on Burnet Bay, Feb 7, 2017” photo)

  9. Very nice image, Randy. One of your best, I think! (“White Pelicans and Sunset on Burnet Bay, June 20, 2017” photo)

  10. I got a great shot of that sunset with my phone also! These are book material!

  11. Randy,Thank you so much! I enjoyed each of every frame of your beautiful pictures . It is a art of work, Involving of perfect timing, environment, and the moment of skill you capture it. What an incredible seen you have produced.

  12. Well, it is a good thing nobody is asking me to choose a favorite. That would be tough!

  13. Randy you really should make a book of these photos. They are all so beautiful. I especially like the July 20th shot of the piers and sky.

  14. your stuff continues to amaze me, thanks Randy

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