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There’s something about Florida sunsets

Times photographer Chris Urso found that a move east offered a better view west.
My wife, Yolanda Urso, is silhouetted against vivid colors at sunset, just off Honeymoon Island in Dunedin.
My wife, Yolanda Urso, is silhouetted against vivid colors at sunset, just off Honeymoon Island in Dunedin. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]
Published Sep. 9
Updated Sep. 13

I am not a morning person, so the sunrise has never been my thing. But I like the sunset.

Growing up in Southern California, I never paid much attention to sunsets. The sun sets to the west, but in the urban sprawl of Los Angeles County you don’t see the sun go down over the water. I would look up at the San Gabriel Mountains while driving along the 57 Freeway. Things changed when I moved to Florida and settled down in Palm Harbor.

Now my mountains are cumulonimbus clouds towering in the Florida sky. Combined with the setting sun, those clouds create spectacular, fiery sunsets.

As a photojournalist I always carry a camera everywhere, even just my iPhone. My camera roll is full of local sunset images.

I try to frame the scene within the context of a place or people. Sometimes the colors of the sky right before and after the sun sets take the composition to another level.

Here are just a few of my favorite sunset images.

Rich blues and the reflections of clouds in Ozona at dusk.
Rich blues and the reflections of clouds in Ozona at dusk.
A walker stops to take a picture of the sunset along Edgewater Drive in Dunedin.
A walker stops to take a picture of the sunset along Edgewater Drive in Dunedin.
The moon rises in a pink sky over the Dunedin Causeway.
The moon rises in a pink sky over the Dunedin Causeway.
Towering clouds and a colorful sky over the north end of Clearwater Beach.
Towering clouds and a colorful sky over the north end of Clearwater Beach.
A fiery sunset at Honeymoon Island in Dunedin.
A fiery sunset at Honeymoon Island in Dunedin.
Sailboats at the Dunedin Marina.
Sailboats at the Dunedin Marina.
A dramatic sky behind the University of Tampa along the Hillsborough River.
A dramatic sky behind the University of Tampa along the Hillsborough River.
Cormorant rests on a channel marker along Hurricane Pass.
Cormorant rests on a channel marker along Hurricane Pass. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]