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Late Fall Sunset on Lake Champlain

A November sunset over Lake Champlain. Afternoon sunsets in November and December can be hard to take. The shorter days and lack of light this time of year are not exactly what you would call uplifting. I happen to enjoy November in Vermont, but it’s taken me nearly 40 years to come around.

Sunsets in late fall and early winter have a certain edge to them. The sky is crisp, bright and blue, and the cold air seems to make everything a little more intense. These photos were taken last week in Burlington along Lake Champlain on a gorgeous afternoon. I’m glad I had my jacket and gloves with me that day. Because when the sun goes down in November, it gets chilly really fast.

Fall & Autumn, Lake Champlain, Scenic, Travel Tips
  • She
    Posted at 13:13h, 18 November Reply

    Beautiful sunset, can feel the chill in the air though.

  • LC
    Posted at 13:40h, 18 November Reply

    Beautiful shots Erica… I also enjoyed the photo of the barn the other day… I recognized it, having passed by it often through the years… I do enjoy your blog! Larry

  • wdbythesea
    Posted at 18:19h, 18 November Reply

    How beautiful is that..great shots…and yes to me these sunsets are the ones now

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 18:32h, 18 November Reply

    On Tuesday morning there was a beautiful rainbow out over the lake around 7:30. It left quickly; I turned around to show it to someone, and it was gone!

  • Hilke Breder
    Posted at 21:22h, 18 November Reply

    Love your posts! November always seems some kind of a let down, but then you see a green expense of grass with an eggshell blue sky overhead… or the reflection of the sky in reedy pond… you realize all the colors are subtly different, clearer, more sober…

  • From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    Posted at 21:34h, 18 November Reply

    What a stunning sunset.The lake is so calm, it looks like there wasn’t a ripple.

  • Erica Houskeeper
    Posted at 21:44h, 20 November Reply

    Hi Sheilagh — Thanks so much. Yes, the chill in the air is definitely here!

    Thanks Larry. I’m so glad you recognized the barn, too. I heard that from quite a few people. It’s one of those barns that really stands out!

    Hi Will — They are very intense — but so early!

    Thanks Anonymous. I wish I had seen those rainbows.

    Hi Hilke — November definitely has a certain feel to it, and I find it to be very warm and cozy. It still has remnants of color, unlike March and April, which can be pretty drab up north.

    Hi Susan — It was really calm that day. I went by the lake today and it was really choppy with the wind blowing.

  • Larry
    Posted at 21:47h, 20 November Reply

    beautiful sunset! I remember watching a wicked thunderstorm on that lake. I could see the whole length of clouds with the lightning coming down. It was quite a view.

  • Erica Houskeeper
    Posted at 21:52h, 20 November Reply

    Hi Larry – I bet it was incredible. The weather changes so quickly on the lake, and watching a storm come through is always exciting.

  • Chris Petrak
    Posted at 23:07h, 21 November Reply

    I find that one of the good things about the short days is that you have good light for photography through most of the day. You can also take a good sunset photo and still have plenty of time for a cozy evening.

  • Erica Houskeeper
    Posted at 23:36h, 21 November Reply

    You are such an optimist Chris! It’s so true about the light being good for photography during most of the day this time of year.

  • elvira pajarola
    Posted at 17:23h, 30 November Reply

    SO VERY MAGICAL, Erica….!
    I love the clearness, the sharpess and the deep shades of all these goldenorange shades…..A breathtaking sunset over the lake!!!!

    Take care!!!
    ciao ciao elvira

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