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       Sunsets (of
       Jane and Pat)
          • Bradford’s Beach,
       Dwyer’s Cove, Downe
       Township                                                                   SUPPORTING
          • Turkey Point Rd.,
       Downe Township                                                                OUR
 Roamin’ in the gloamin’ wi’ ma lassie by   (transitioning sunset
 ma side,  pictured)                                                                 MILITARY
 When the sun has gone to rest,  • Money Island
 That’s the time that we love best,  looking over
 Oh, it’s lovely roamin’ in the gloamin’.  Nantuxent Creek,
 We talked about how most people miss   Downe Township
 the best part of a sunset. They make a quick   • Hansey Creek Rd.,
 exodus the moment the sun dips beneath   Commercial Township
 the horizon. Secretly I welcome their   • PSEG, Commercial Township
 departure as I remain behind to soak up   Restoration Site, across from Bayshore
 what comes next—twilight. This is some-  Center in Bivalve
 thing Pat and I have chatted about many   • East Point Lighthouse over the
 times. They essentially miss the gloamin’.   meadows, Maurice River Township
 Pat points out, “The show has just   • Thompson’s Beach Rd., Maurice
 begun.” The scattering of the blue light   River Township, PSEG viewing platform
 leaves us with only the warm colors. Then   • East side of Union Lake, Millville
 the magic truly begins as the earth is nei-  • Bayside Rd., Greenwich
 ther completely dark, nor is it fully illumi-
 Pat says if you face the east you actu-  Apollo, or earlier, Helios, ushered the   ends can be truly transformative. In a few
 ally see the sun’s shadow on the opposite   sun across the skies from east to west in a   seconds’ time it’s entirely different.
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 horizon. “After the sun dips below the hori- golden chariot, and during the dark hours   “I like the sunset over the marsh better   Layaway Available • Gift Certificates
 zon there’s a pink glow,” she explains. “In  lounged in a golden cup. What a life—a   than simply the water,” I told her.
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 mythology they call it ‘Aphrodite’s girdle’.” carriage ride by day and respite in a chal-  “Me too; Bradford’s Beach at Dwyer’s   W e C arry Men’ s Sizes 5–17
 I only recalled that the Greek god   ice by night!  Cove is my favorite. I stayed in a bunga-
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     reflect and surround you at nearly 360   I had mentioned to one of my friends, a
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     other’s passion for the daily event. I finally   Creek’s nightfall to Fortescue’s because I
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     our flatlander marsh sky so alluring?”  the sunset at the same time. And she was                     OFF
        “Well, here we have three-fourths   quick to reply, “But in Fortescue we get
     sky and one-fourth earth,” Pat answered.   to see both the sunrise and the sunset.”     $25 or more
     “In the mountains it’s much less sky. So   This is possible because it is a New Jersey,
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     but in the end I always love home the   to discuss the lowering of the sun.
     best, because that’s where our emotional   “Well, I want to write about the best
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        She went on to explain how she never   back from the tree line because you can’t
     tires of painting a familiar spot because it   see the sunset through the trees. It’s all
     is always changing, and that the love of a   about viewscape.”
     place derives from that intimacy of con-  “Indeed.”
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