Ocean Sunset – Carlsbad, Ca.

After spending the month of September unpacking (yes, we have a lot of stuff), my wife and I took an R&R and spent last week at the beach in San Diego County. We had a place in Carlsbad where we stayed with a fabulous ocean view. I have attached two shots I took of two separate sunsets.

Carlsbad Sunset 2

The lighting obviously is different between 1 and 2 with the first sunset captured as the sun emerged from behind a cloud versus the second sunset which was taken as dusk had settled in and the last sliver of the sun was ready to slip below the horizon

Having lived and raised our family in San Diego County for 24 years, we spent the week catching up with old friends, former co-workers and employees. My sister and her husband also live in the county, so was great spending time with them. It dawned on us that we did have an ocean view from our house (albeit 3.5 miles inland), but nothing compares to having the ocean at your door step so to speak. Was fun sleeping at night listening the sound of the surf and getting up each morning with surfers flocking to the beach to catch some waves before starting their day.

We left almost 6 years ago and have been back a couple of times for family functions with my sister, but it just felt calming being back in the “hood” where we had lived so long. I will be sharing a number of shots from that week over the next few.

For those of you geographically curious, you probably know San Diego lies south of Los Angeles (120 miles) and is adjacent to the Mexican border. What you may not know is that it’s the 8th largest city in the United States and the 2nd largest city in California. That last fact surprises most people as they assume San Francisco is. The Bay Area surpasses the metropolitan area of San Diego by a long shot, but San Francisco (the city of) doesn’t encompass the population you would think. The county itself follows the Pacific Coastline on the west and includes a mountain range on the east. The city proper encompasses a large portion of the county but there are numerous towns along the coastline going north to Camp Pendelton such as Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad and Oceanside and then inland along the northern tier.

One more fun fact: San Diego Bay is the site of the first European setting foot on what is now known as the West Coast of The United States.


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19 thoughts on “Ocean Sunset – Carlsbad, Ca.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks Darlene! was good for us to reconnect after being gone for almost 6 years. Love the city and found it a great place to raise our family. I appreciate you stopping by!!

  1. Author Ryan Callahan

    Awesome sunsets! We vacationed in San Diego for a week in June. We stayed down by Imperial Beach in a rental house with a view overlooking the ocean, San Diego, and Mexico. Great city and we had an awesome time! We did it all: the Midway ship, Sea World, Zoo, Safari Park, Birch Aquarium, and the beaches! I would love living in San Diego for sure! Blessings!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks for stopping by Ryan. We feel blessed that we were able to raise our girls there….great family city! Can’t beat the weather and the beauty of the setting!! We had a great week!!

  2. Sue Slaght

    I certainly did not know it was the second largest city in California! We have visited San Diego a few times and declared it a place we could see ourselves spending dome extended time. The moderate climate being one key reason. Not to mention gorgeous sunsets like these!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      The size of San Diego (city of) is a little known fact. As the area grew, the city had the foresight to incorporate a lot of the land whereas San Francisco did not. Love the climate and after almost 6 years in the desert, we appreciate the Southern California climate even more…especially San Diego which is milder than LA. I felt lucky to catch these sunsets…the norm is a marine layer comes in before the sun goes down and you don’t get these types of sunsets. Thanks for stopping by Sue!

  3. Writing to Freedom

    I love sunsets and the ocean as a backdrop is a special bonus! I’m glad you’re enjoying your visit to your former home. I loved visiting my grandfather in Vista. The Mediterranean climate and desert plants were fascinating to an east coast kid. 🙂

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Climate is great and the entire area is so much more laid back than LA…we really enjoyed our week there! Also enjoyed seeing our old friends in Vista and Carlsbad. Thanks for stopping by Brad!

  4. Jet Eliot

    Glorious sunset photos, Kirt, and a lovely, relaxing visit to SoCal. San Diego is such a gorgeous part of the world, it must be very pleasant to be back for a visit. Enjoy.

  5. Dan Antion

    I think backlit clouds at sunset (occasionally sunrise) is my favorite thing to see in the sky. These are beautiful images, Kirt.

    I’ve been to San Diego, once on vacation and several times to attend meetings and conferences. I may be back out there next year for a conference. I always enjoy the area and almost never have enough time to see much of it.


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