Even after all these months in L.A. I'm still totally enamoured by the beautiful Californian sunsets over the Pacific Ocean.
On Monday, our first Martin Luther King Day in the U.S.A., we headed down to Santa Monica in the late afternoon with our best boy, Cooper.
We wanted to try out his new dog seat cover which is like a big hammock that allows him to travel safely in the back seat of our cars.
I probably sound like a stuck record, but it's always great to vary Cooper's walks and he always seems to enjoy sniffing around Palisades Park in Santa Monica for a change.
I remember that last time we'd brought our camera down to the ocean was when the wildfires were raging in Southern California and it provided a brilliantly dramatic sunset.
The fact that the ocean is only a half hour away is still a major plus point in our relocating to L.A. and now that I'm becoming a more confident driver after eight months of driving here, I'm sure we'll explore further afield up and down the west coast in 2009.
For now we're happy to enjoy the sunsets from Palisades Park along with the other dog walkers and photography enthusiasts all lined up along the front with their tripods and impressive zoom lenses.
The changing sky as the sun goes down
I really must read up more and learn how to take photos when the sun is setting as a lot of my images were over exposed. Sometimes I find it hard to truly capture the beautiful colours in the sky, but I always give it my best shot and I think the end result sometimes are not bad at all.
Here's the last glimmer of sun over the Pacific Ocean lighting up the sky.
It was amazing that even though there were some stunning colours in the sky before the sun went down over the horizon, they seemed even more impressive after the sun had set.
I bet the Santa Monica locals just take these sunsets for granted as it's just a way of life for them. I love them anyway.
I'm genuinely surprised about the exclusion of Gran Torino, especially with all the positive buzz it's receiving from critics and public alike, so I suppose I'll just have to root for another Clint Eastwood directed film, Changeling starring Angelina Jolie.
Let the countdown commence...