There is a certain kind of serenity that often comes
with the month of December.
No, it doesn't come in the madness of traffic-clogged roads.
It can't be found in the overcrowded shopping malls.
And while I love the Christmas Boat Parade,
that's a spectacularly beautiful craziness of a whole different flavor.
December serenity is found on the waters of Newport,
with the early-setting sun with fiery colors.
It's lit up by thousands of Christmas lights that stretch across rooflines,
and palm trees, and sailboats, and yes...even gondolas and fish markets.
I snapped these photos this week as gondolier Paul Imler cruised under the Pacific Coast Highway bridge and past Pearson's Port seafood market.
With the tide at a low level, and the three bent palm trees of Bayshores Beach in the distance, Paul rows leisurely towards the PCH bridge.
Sunsets come in many colors, but when they happen on the water,
we colors below the horizon as well.
Lately we've been blessed with some brilliant shades of purple.
December serenity - something I look forward to every year.