16+ photos depict the breathtaking beauty of the sunscapes in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico.

A humpback whale breaches the surface just before the sun heads over the Baja Peninsula.
A humpback whale breaches the surface just before the sun heads over the Baja Peninsula.

Photographer Peter West Carey demonstrates that the hours between dusk and dawn are nothing compared to Mexico’s sunrises and sunsets.

What is it about sunsets and sunrises that captivate us? They make us feel insignificant. They serve as a reminder that we live on a spinning planet and are held in place by gravity — a force far more powerful than we could ever be. They make us feel powerful. Of course, time passes as it always does, but when you catch those golden shards of light in your eye, you have the impression that all you have is time; time to breathe and think. They provide us with a sense of security.

Knowing that, even though the day is giving way to twilight and night, it will return tomorrow is reassuring.

Some parts of the world set the scene better than others, and Mexico is frequently blessed with ideal conditions that allow the colors and warmth to radiate from the horizon. It helps to have over 43,450km (27,000 mi) of coastline to view this daily blessing from.

Take a break from your worries for a few moments and enjoy a variety of sunsets and sunrises from the Caribbean to the Sea of Cortes and beyond.

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Thunderheads left behind from a passing hurricane glow in the upper atmosphere off the coast of Cozumel.

Sunset At Puerto Vallarta
Day’s end in Puerto Vallarta.

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Puerto Vallarta is a beautiful spot from which to soak in the sea and sunsets.
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Catching silhouettes in the orange glow.

View of seabirds flying above sea - Mexico
Photography, sunrises, and sunsets go hand in hand.
Man taking photo of nature - Mexico
Sunsets make us slow down and take in the atmosphere.

 

Reflection of orange sky on sea - Mexico
Sunrise in the Sea of Cortes.

 

Reflection of orange sky on sea - Mexico
A perfect orb rises from the horizon.
A mobula ray catches the first rays of light in the Sea of Cortes.
A mobula ray catches the first rays of light in the Sea of Cortes.

 

Scenic view of sea against orange sky - Mexico
Even a “boring” sunset with no land in sight is a thing of beauty in Mexico.

 

A humpback whale breaches the surface just before the sun heads over the Baja Peninsula.
A humpback whale breaches the surface just before the sun heads over the Baja Peninsula.

 

Sunrise view over mountains and sea - Mexico
The sun goes down over the Baja Peninsula.

 

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On Isla Los Islotes, sea lion colonies are safe from most predators. Can you spot the silhouette of a whale?
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When standard sunset or sunrise photographs get to be too much, abstract representations take over.

 

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